CLEVELAND -- Right-handers Cole De Vries and Samuel Deduno are getting closer to a return, as De Vries started his rehab assignment with Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Sunday, and Deduno was activated from the Minor League disabled list at Triple-A Rochester.
De Vries, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm, began his rehab assignment, which can last as long as 30 days. But De Vries is expected to be healthy by then, as he was slated to start for Fort Myers in a late afternoon game and throw about 75 pitches, according to Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony.
Deduno isn't on the 40-man roster and was simply activated from the Minor League DL after pitching in extended spring training. He's been dealing with a groin strain that surfaced while pitching in the final of the World Baseball Classic in March.
Deduno started for Triple-A Rochester in a Sunday afternoon game and gave up one unearned run over five innings. He walked four and struck out four, throwing 89 pitches.
To make room for Deduno on Rochester's roster, outfielder Brandon Boggs was released. Boggs, 30, hit just .184 with two homers in 21 games with the Red Wings.
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