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Twins place Jim Thome on DL, call up Trevor Plouffe and Ben Revere

May 4, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

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Francisco Liriano‘s no-hitter snapped Minnesota’s losing streak last night, but it didn’t put a stop to the Twins’ never-ending string of injuries.

Jim Thome has been placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and backup outfielder Jason Repko joins him on the shelf with a sore quadriceps. To replace them on the roster the Twins called up infielder Trevor Plouffe and outfielder Ben Revere from Triple-A.

Revere joins an outfield mix that includes Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, and Rene Tosoni, who got the call-up over Revere when Delmon Young was placed on the DL last week.

Plouffe is a lesser prospect than Revere, but his short-term role may prove more substantial because the Twins are finally running out of patience with enigmatic infielder Alexi Casilla, who for now has been moved to second base after struggling mightily as the starting shortstop.

Thome going to the DL takes a big bat out of an already struggling lineup, but he’s been limited by the oblique soreness since last week and there’s no sense in risking further injury with a 40-year-old DH.

  1. BC - May 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Hope it doesn’t linger… would love to see him get to 600 HR.

  2. sknut - May 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Gleeman,

    You are next for a promotion to the big club.

    I think thats 9! guys they have called up and its only May 4th. I hope Plouffe takes the everyday ss job and put Casilla out of his misery.

    • saltmanz - May 4, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      9! = 362,880, which sounds about right to me.

  3. Jeremiah Graves - May 4, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Can’t we just trade for Reyes or something. If Minaya were still in control we could probably trade Casilla and a Pavano mustache-themed t-shirt straight up.

  4. schrutebeetfarms - May 4, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Why this organization had confidence in Casilla again is beyond me. This isn’t the first time he’s disapointed.

  5. uuddlrlrbastart - May 4, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    Ben Revere should always be on a major league roster. Having an awesome name should have its privileges.

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