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Updated: September 26th, 2012 12:43pm
Samuel Deduno exits start against Yankees due to left eye irritation

Samuel Deduno exits start against Yankees due to left eye irritation

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins right-hander Samuel Deduno was removed from Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees due to left eye irritation after facing only six batters.

With one out in the second inning, Deduno walked Eric Chavez. After catcher Ryan Doumit threw the ball back to the mound, trainer Dave Pruemer and manager Ron Gardenhire jogged out for an extended chat.

Deduno appeared hesitant to leave the game, but Gardenhire eventually signaled for left-hander Brian Duensing.

"I think we were all watching it," Gardenhire said. "They were throwing the ball back to him from first base and from the catcher, and he just kept looking like he was dodging away from the balls. So we went out, and as I'm walking out the trainer said, 'There's no way I'm leaving him out there.'"

Gardenhire said Deduno had his eyes checked the last couple days due to irritation, but doctors cleared him to pitch. Deduno also said everything was fine and initially refused to come out of the game.

"He says he's fine, but that's not fine," Gardenhire said. "We didn't see fine when he was out there, and there's no way we're leaving him out on the baseball field with that. He did not want to come out of the game, as we could all see. I couldn't get his glove open to get the ball even. He kept saying he was fine, but if you just watch with your eyes, you look at him and you see he's kind of flinching from balls. And that's not good enough. I will never leave a player out there for that situation."

Deduno was unavailable to speak to reporters after the game because he was being checked out by doctors. It's possible he could still make one more start before the end of the season.

Deduno entered the game with a 4.54 ERA, 55 strikeouts and 51 walks in 77 1/3 innings.

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.
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