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Updated: May 2nd, 2014 4:43pm
Mike Pelfrey to the DL with a groin injury, Sam Deduno to the rotation

Mike Pelfrey to the DL with a groin injury, Sam Deduno to the rotation

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Deduno will join the rotation in place of Mike Pelfrey, who will be placed on the DL with a groin injury. 

Ron Gardenhire said Friday that Pelfrey came into a meeting and reported the injury, despite saying he was healthy after Thursday's start. 

Gardenhire said the confusion is because Pelfrey didn't want to make excuses for his poor performance

Deduno made the team out of spring training in a bullpen role. He was one of the most effective starters for the Twins a season ago, and now apparently will be given a chance to earn a rotation spot.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, Mike Pelfrey
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