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Nunez goes on DL to make room for Pino

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In somewhat of a surprise, the Twins placed infielder Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, retroactive to Sunday, to make room for right-hander Yohan Pino on the roster. Right-hander Mike Pelfrey was also transferred to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man spot for Pino.

Nunez, who suffered the hamstring strain on Saturday, ran the bases before Wednesday's game in Boston, and the initial reports were that everything went positive and he'd be available to play on Thursday.

But Nunez admitted to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire that his hamstring was still bothering him, and he was placed on the DL as a result. The Twins played a man short in Nunez's absence, which wasn't Gardenhire's preference, but he was glad Nunez was honest about his condition.

"He came in my office afterward and said, 'My leg's not good. I probably need to go on the DL,'" Gardenhire said. "That's what we needed to hear. I just wish we would've heard it a little bit earlier

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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