Due to the rainout on Friday, the Twins were presented with a dilemma: start Deduno on three days' rest or select a starter out of an already taxed bullpen to face the Yankees and duel CC Sabathia on Wednesday.
With Deduno throwing only 53 pitches, the decision for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson was easy.
"We were definitely thinking that during [Saturday's] game -- that he'll probably be our starter on Wednesday," Gardenhire said. "Just bring him back and start him on Wednesday. We'll talk to Deduno also to see if he's up for something like that, which I don't think he'll have any problem with."
In his short career, Deduno's never pitched against the Yankees. But he'll hope to rebound from back-to-back "frustrating" outings. He'll also look to improve on his 1-3 record and 6.98 ERA in September.