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Updated: March 23rd, 2013 1:13pm
World Baseball Classic hero Samuel Deduno sidelined by groin injury

World Baseball Classic hero Samuel Deduno sidelined by groin injury

by Judd Zulgad
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If Samuel Deduno is going to continue to carry the momentum he gained during the World Baseball Classic it's going to have to be after a layoff.

The Minnesota Twins righthander has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday against Toronto because of tightness in his groin according to reports.

The injury happened last Tuesday when Deduno slipped while pitching for the Dominican Republic in the championship game of the WBC in San Francisco. The Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0 in a game that was played in the rain.

Deduno struck out five in five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and walking three. He finished the tournament with a 0.69 earned-run average. 

Deduno initially thought the injury was minor, according to, but he felt some pain while throwing in the bullpen on Thursday. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told the website on Sunday that there is no timetable for Deduno's return and that righthander P.J. Walters will start in his place on Sunday.

"We have to wait until he's healthy," Gardenhire said. "We don't have a plan until he gets back on the mound. He has some groin tightness. We put him on the mound but he said he felt something at the world games so we're just biding our time now."

Deduno's performance in the World Baseball Classic gave him an excellent chance of making the Twins' Opening Day rotation.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, P.J. Walters