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Twins recall right-hander Deduno for start vs. Tigers

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DETROIT -- The Twins officially recalled right-hander Samuel Deduno from Triple-A Rochester before his start against the Tigers on Friday night.

The Twins already had a 25-man roster spot open after optioning right-hander Vance Worley following his outing against the Braves on Wednesday. To make room for Deduno on the 40-man roster, the Twins transferred reliever Tim Wood to the 60-day disabled list.

Deduno, who was slated to start for Rochester on Tuesday, threw a bullpen session instead to get ready for his first start of the year with the Twins.

Deduno, 29, made 15 starts for the Twins last year, posting a 4.44 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 53 walks in 79 innings. He faced the Tigers twice, giving up three runs over seven innings at Target Field on Aug. 13, and surrendering seven runs on seven hits over 2 1/3 innings at Comerica Park on Sept. 22.

Deduno was expected to make the club's rotation to start the season after starring for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but he suffered a groin strain in the championship game and began the season injured. He returned to action on May 5 and posted a 2.70 ERA in three starts with Rochester, with 17 strikeouts and 10 walks over 16 2/3 innings.

"He's faced them before," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's come back from a long road after getting hurt in the World [Baseball Classic]. He's excited. So he just has to go out there and show off his stuff. He's got the pitches."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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