FT. MYERS, Fla. - He was a star on the world baseball stage, but right-hander Samuel Deduno apparently does not have what it takes to crack the Minnesota Twins fledgling starting rotation.
The club announced Tuesday morning that Deduno, the breakout star of the World Baseball Classic, has been reassigned to minor league camp.
The Dominican pitcher was a breakout star in the tournament last month, beating the United States and Puerto Rico in back-to-back starts to lead his team to the championship.
He returned to Twins camp with a solid chance of making the rotation when the season began thanks to an injury to Scott Diamond. But Deduno has battled a groin injury and will start the year at Triple-A Rochester. He only pitched one inning in spring training this season.
The Twins also reassigned right-hander P.J. Walters. He was a non-roster invitee who put together a strong spring. Walters went 3-0 in six games with a 2.08 ERA.
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