{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Gardy: Deduno may be dealing with fatigue

Gardy: Deduno may be dealing with fatigue

|
Gardy: Deduno may be dealing with fatigue

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he believes that fatigue is one reason for right-hander Samuel Deduno's recent struggles.

After posting a 3.17 ERA through his first 13 starts, Deduno has allowed nine runs (eight earned) on 17 hits and three walks over his last two outings (11 2/3 innings), including Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Indians.

"I think he's starting to get up there in innings, and in August, arms start to get a little more tired," Gardenhire said. "It looks like he's out there, and he has to force it a little bit more and is working a little bit harder out there. Guys go through dead arms, and maybe he's there right now."

Deduno's velocity, however, has held steady, as his fastball averaged 90.4-mph on Tuesday, which is in line with his average fastball velocity of 90.2-mph this season, according to FanGraphs.com.

But Gardenhire said he's noticed a decline in Deduno's command, as he's had trouble locating his fastball in recent starts.

"[Tuesday], he was bouncing balls and threw some fastballs way out of the zone," Gardenhire said. "So it looks to me [like] he's a little dead-armed or a little tired. But if you ask him, he'll never admit it."

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.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español