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Updated: August 19th, 2013 3:43pm
Samuel Deduno reveals possible injury, could still make next start

Samuel Deduno reveals possible injury, could still make next start

by Brandon Warne
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- While addressing a small group of reporters prior to Monday's game, Minnesota Twins Assistant General Manager Rob Antony noted that right-hander Samuel Deduno had complained of right shoulder soreness following Sunday afternoon's start.

The Twins believe it's merely biceps tendinitis and are presently unwilling to rule out Deduno for making his scheduled start Friday, when the Twins open a three-game weekend road series in Cleveland.

Deduno took the loss Sunday versus the White Sox, giving up five runs in as many innings while hitting three batters for the second time this season (May 29 versus the Brewers). It tied for the most runs he'd allowed in a start this season.

If a replacement is needed, options are thin. Logan Darnell threw a 1-0 shutout Sunday at Triple-A Rochester, but he likely wouldn't be a candidate to replace Deduno, as Darnell isn't on the 40-man roster. The Twins could also remove right-hander B.J. Hermsen off the roster. Hermsen is currently 1-9 with a 5.53 ERA and 1.83 WHIP at Double-A New Britain.

Other options could include Rochester's scheduled Monday starter, Liam Hendriks, or Saturday's scheduled starter, Scott Diamond. Both are on the 40-man roster.

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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