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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Samuel Deduno, who had arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder in September, said Sunday that he was healthy and ready to go for Spring Training.

Deduno estimated he had already thrown six bullpen sessions at the club's Spring Training complex with no issues.

"I feel pretty good," Deduno said. "I'm ready to go. No problems at all."

Deduno, 30, is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation after posting a 3.83 ERA in 18 starts with the Twins last season. He is considered a frontrunner for the fifth spot along with right-hander Vance Worley and left-hander Scott Diamond. All three pitchers are out of Minor League options.

Deduno said he was excited to compete for that spot this spring, adding that the key would be replicating his success from last season.

"I just have to keep working hard and keep doing what I was doing," Deduno said.

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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