Samuel Deduno's wild ride has taken a detour.

The Twins right-hander has been pushed back from his scheduled start Sunday, March 24, due to minor tightness in his groin.

Right-hander P.J. Walters will take Deduno's place, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, adding Deduno's status is "day to day."

Deduno told the Twins he "felt something" while pitching for the Dominican Republic in a rainy championship game of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, March 19 in San Francisco.

Multiple replays on the telecast showed Deduno's left foot slipping on the wet mound as he strode toward home plate. At one point in his fifth and final inning, Deduno summoned the grounds crew to apply a drying agent to the mound area.

"He didn't think it was a big deal, but it is a big deal," Gardenhire said before Saturday's road game against the Tampa Bay Rays. "You can't start with that. For now we're on hold."

Deduno, taken off the 40-man roster over the winter, opened eyes around the game with three sterling starts in the WBC. He posted a 0.69 ERA and went 2-0 for the tournament champions, including a start in the title game.

Gardenhire raved several times about Deduno's showing on the international stage and said he was intrigued to see how he would handle up to two spring starts in a bid to make the back end of the Twins' rebuilt rotation.