March 19, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Dominican Republic pitcher Samuel Deduno (21) pitches against Puerto Rico during the first inning of the World Baseball Classic championship at AT

Minnesota Twins activate Samuel Deduno, release Brandon Boggs


The Minnesota Twins activated starting pitcher Samuel Deduno and joined Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, the team announced Sunday.

Deduno had been at extended spring training after suffering a groin injury while pitching the Dominican Republic to the championship at the World Baseball Classic.

Minnesota also released Red Wings outfielder Brandon Boggs in a corresponding move to make room for Deduno. Boggs was hitting just .184 with 25 strikeouts in 76 at-bats.

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