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Updated: April 5th, 2013 1:57pm
Notebook: Cole De Vries scratched, headed to DL with sore forearm

Notebook: Cole De Vries scratched, headed to DL with sore forearm

by Phil Mackey and Brandon Warne
1500ESPN.com
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Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan told reporters in Baltimore on Friday morning that Cole De Vries will not make his scheduled start against the Orioles on Sunday. Instead, he will head to the 15-day disabled list with lingering discomfort in his right forearm.

The move is retroactive to March 27, which was the date of De Vries' last spring training outing.

The Twins are in a bit of a bind with their No. 5 starter slot, as De Vries, Sam Deduno (groin) and Scott Diamond (elbow) are all on the disabled list. It appears as if Diamond is on track to make his debut near the end of next week, or perhaps next weekend.

Left-hander Pedro Hernandez will make the start in Baltimore on Sunday. 

Other notes

• Ryan also suggested the club will be patient with Aaron Hicks, who has just one hit and seven strikeouts in his first 14 plate appearances.

"We won't be surprised with any growing pains with Hicks," Ryan said. "We've told him as long as he swings at strikes he should be fine."

• Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire have both insisted that the biggest challenge with right-hander Mike Pelfrey is slowing him down.

"He's not afraid to push it," Gardenhire said. "The biggest thing for guys coming off the (Tommy John) surgery is when you push it hard and things start breaking up in there."

Ryan actually noted that the club had to slow him down after signing him, and that the club did a lot of due diligence on the right-hander before signing him.

• Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Thursday he believes the Twins' offense could be a force to be reckoned with.

"They've got a nice lineup over there," Leyland said. "But they'll go as far as the pitching carries them. But that's something that applies to everybody, not just the Twins."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
Email Phil | @PhilMackey | Mackey & Judd
Brandon Warne covers the Minnesota Twins for 1500ESPN.com. He has also contributed as a baseball analyst for Fangraphs.com and BaseballProspectus.com
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