Twins send WBC hero Samuel Deduno to minors

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Samuel Deduno starred for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, beating the United States and Puerto Rico in back-to-back starts, the latter of which won the tournament championship.

And now he’s headed to the minors.

He was in line to potentially begin the season as the Twins’ fifth starter because Scott Diamond is out with an elbow injury, but Deduno has been sidelined by a groin injury suffered during the WBC and today Minnesota reassigned him to minor-league camp.

Deduno was dropped from the 40-man roster four months ago and went unclaimed by the other 29 teams on waivers. He’ll likely get another chance in Minnesota at some point this season, if only because the Twins’ rotation looks to be one of the worst in the league again.

Astros’ Jonathan Singleton, Dean Deetz suspended for failing drug tests

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MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports that Astros first baseman Jonathan Singleton has been suspended 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. Minor league pitcher Dean Deetz has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Dehydroclormethyltestosterone.

Singleton, 26, has had issues with marijuana in the past and opened up about his addiction several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself.” He added, “I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton hasn’t played in the majors since 2015. Last season, after going all the way back to Double-A Corpus Christi, he hit .205/.376/.397 with 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 500 plate appearances.

Deetz, 24, was selected by the Astros in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. Between Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno last season, the right-hander posted a 4.25 ERA with a 97/50 K/BB ratio in 84 2/3 innings of work. He denies knowingly using a PED, per ESPN’s Keith Law.