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Samuel Deduno | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Samuel Deduno struck out five in two perfect innings out of the pen Friday against the Red Sox.
One of the strikeouts was bogus: Jonny Gomes checked his swing in plenty of time on what would have been ball four, but umpire Tim Timmons just wanted the game over with at that point. Still, that's not to take anything away from Deduno. He deserved to open the season in Minnesota's rotation, but he'll head off to middle relief to await his next opportunity. Mar 28 - 4:08 PM

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Samuel Deduno surrendered two runs in 2 2/3 innings out of the pen Wednesday against the Cardinals.

It was the first poor outing of the spring for Deduno, who came in with a 0.93 ERA in 9 2/3 innings. He still hasn't gotten to start in any of his five appearances, which could be telling. He's the Twins' best option for the fifth spot in the rotation, but he might be sentenced to middle relief initially anyway.
Mar 19 - 4:11 PM

Samuel Deduno pitched three hitless innings out of the pen Thursday against the Red Sox.

It's odd that the Twins still haven't given Deduno a start this spring, even though he should have been the favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation going in and he's continued to set himself apart from the competition since the exhibition season began. He's allowed just one run and five hits in 12 2/3 innings.
Mar 13 - 5:20 PM

Samuel Deduno is "the biggest beneficiary" of Ervin Santana's decision to sign in Atlanta, writes Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Twins reportedly offered Santana a three-year deal worth between $30 to $33 million but refused to go to four years. Instead, the right-hander took $14.1 million for one season from the Braves, a decision that might seal Deduno's gig as Minnesota's fifth starter. The 30-year-old Dominican is coming off a career-best season after going 8-8 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 67/41 K/BB ratio in 108 innings (18 starts) in 2013. He's logged a 1.35 ERA with a .227 batting average allowed over 6 2/3 frames this spring. Deduno should be considered the heavy favorite for the Twins' last open rotation spot, but he still needs to fend off Vance Worley, Scott Diamond and Kyle Gibson.
Mar 12 - 10:19 AM

Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Samuel Deduno "appears to be the slight favorite" to land the final spot in the Twins' rotation.

He has a fight on his hands, though, with Vance Worley, Scott Diamond and Kyle Gibson all in the running for the spot. Deduno has the leg up after posting a 3.83 ERA last year with Twins, and he has only helped himself this spring with a 1.35 mark in Grapefruit League action. Fantasy owners would like to see Gibson get a shot, as he has the highest upside of the group. However, he's also the least experienced and has options left.
Mar 10 - 6:53 PM

Samuel Deduno pitched three scoreless innings in relief Sunday against the Phillies.

Deduno has pitched in relief all three times out, though he's still being built up like a starter (he's allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings). Given that he was the Twins' most effective starter last year, he shouldn't still be having to sweat rumors. However, this latest one connecting Ervin Santana to the Twins could result in the team having no room for Deduno in the rotation.
Mar 9 - 4:23 PM

Samuel Deduno pitched two scoreless innings out of the pen and struck out three in the Twins' 8-2 drubbing of the Red Sox on Friday.

The Twins have threatened to eject Deduno from the rotation with all of their signings, but as is, he should be the clear favorite for the fifth spot. He was their best pitcher while healthy last year, finishing with a 3.83 ERA in 18 starts.
Feb 28 - 5:00 PM

Samuel Deduno (shoulder) has already thrown 6-8 bullpen sessions at the Twins' spring training complex.

Deduno underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery back in September, but he's entering camp at 100 percent. The right-hander will compete this spring for the final spot in the Twins' rotation.
Feb 16 - 9:46 AM

Sam Deduno (shoulder) is playing catch at the club's facility in Fort Myers, Fla.

"His rehab from shoulder procedure is on track for him to open spring camp on time," reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Deduno was shut down for the season in August and underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in September. He will compete for a back-end slot in Minnesota's rotation this coming spring.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 06:34:00 PM

Samuel Deduno will undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Wednesday.

Deduno has already been shut down for the season due to fraying in his right labrum and rotator cuff, and surgery was the most likely course of action. By getting it out of the way as quickly as possible, there's a chance that he could recover in time for the start of the 2014 season, though shoulder injuries have been known to severely impact a pitcher's effectiveness.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 07:57:00 PM

Twins GM Terry Ryan said Thursday that Samuel Deduno is "leaning toward" undergoing shoulder surgery.

A decision will be made at some point before the end of the 2013 regular season. Deduno has already been shut down with fraying in his right labrum and rotator cuff. He posted an 8-8 record, 3.83 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 67/41 K/BB ratio in 108 innings (18 starts) this season.
Thu, Sep 12, 2013 01:13:00 PM

Twins transferred RHP Samuel Deduno to the 60-day disabled list.

This was merely done as a procedural move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the Twins September call-ups. Deduno is out for the remainder of the season, and could need shoulder surgery to repair the labrum and rotator cuff in his throwing arm.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 05:21:00 PM

Samuel Deduno could need surgery on his right shoulder.

Deduno is having issues with his labrum and rotator cuff, though the good news is that Twins general manager Terry Ryan indicated Sunday it wouldn't be a major procedure. His season is obviously over, but it's not clear at this point how long Deduno's rehab would be.
Sun, Sep 8, 2013 01:58:00 PM

Samuel Deduno underwent an MRI which revealed issues with his labrum and rotator cuff.

Deduno left Thursday's start with right shoulder soreness and was placed on the disabled list Friday. We should know more about his status after he sees a specialist in Minnesota, but it doesn't sound good.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 05:59:00 PM

Twins placed RHP Samuel Deduno on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder soreness.

The exact nature of the injury won't be known until Deduno undergoes an MRI Monday, but it's obviously bad enough to force a DL stint. Deduno dealt with a shoulder issue earlier this month before leaving Thursday's outing due to soreness.
Fri, Aug 30, 2013 12:18:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Josmil Pinto
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Pedro Florimon
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jason Bartlett
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Darin Mastroianni
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Jason Kubel
2Chris Colabello
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Kevin Correia
3Phil Hughes
4Mike Pelfrey
5Kyle Gibson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Samuel Deduno