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Updated: August 30th, 2013 11:27am
Short-handed, the Twins recall Darin Mastroianni and Pedro Hernandez

Short-handed, the Twins recall Darin Mastroianni and Pedro Hernandez

by Derek Wetmore
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Playing a bit short-handed because of injuries, the Twins recalled lefty Pedro Hernandez and outfielder Darin Mastroianni. They simply needed some relatively healthy bodies to have in the lineup or on the bench with the current rash of injuries.

To make room for the reinforcements, the Twins placed starter Samuel Deduno (right shoulder soreness) and outfielder Wilkin Ramirez (fractured left tibia) on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Friday.

Help is on the way soon, of course, with Major League rosters set to expand from 25 to 40 on Sunday. But the Twins were faced with potentially having to play severely short-handed Friday and Saturday.

Deduno had complained of shoulder soreness recently, and was removed from Thursday's game for the same reason. Ramirez fouled a ball off his leg in the fifth inning Thursday and remained on the ground for about a minute before being helped off the field.

Hernandez has made nine appearances and seven starts with the Twins this season, in which he's 3-1 with a 5.54 ERA. He's also made 10 starts this season between the Twins' Gulf Coast League, Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester. In the minors this season, he's 3-3 with a 3.66 ERA.

Mastroianni has missed 106 games this season with a stress reaction in his left ankle, after starting the season with the Twins.

Both reinforcements are expected to join the team Friday in Arlington as the Twins open their road trip against the Texas Rangers.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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