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Updated: July 4th, 2012 10:03pm
Brian Duensing takes line drive off ankle, leaves start with bruise

Brian Duensing takes line drive off ankle, leaves start with bruise

by Tom Pelissero
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The hits keep coming for the Minnesota Twins' starting rotation.

Left-hander Brian Duensing left Wednesday's game at Detroit in the fifth inning after taking a line drive by Alex Avila off his left ankle.

The Twins told reporters X-rays were negative and categorized Duensing's injury as a bruise.

It was only the third start this season for Duensing, who was in the bullpen until the Twins ran out of options. He left Wednesday's game under his own power but with a limp.

The Twins had made two changes to the rotation in the previous 48 hours, optioning struggling right-handers Liam Hendriks and Nick Blackburn to Triple-A Rochester, recalling right-hander Cole De Vries and selecting the contract of right-hander Casey Fien.

Duensing will have some extra time to heal and make his next start. His spot in the rotation won't come up again before the All-Star break begins on Monday.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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