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Twins’ hot-hitting Trevor Plouffe sidelined by thumb injury

Jul 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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Trevor Plouffe eventually came back down to earth after an out of nowhere power binge that saw him blast 13 homers in 22 games, but he’s continued to play well since then to firmly establish himself as the Twins’ starting third baseman.

Unfortunately his ascension from afterthought to building block is now on hold thanks to taking a Luke Hochevar pitch off his right thumb Friday. Plouffe hasn’t played since then and was only able to take two swings in batting practice yesterday before shutting it down.

He’s been diagnosed with a bone bruise and the Twins continue to list him as day-to-day, but given their recent history of being overly optimistic about what prove to be significant injuries it won’t be surprising if he winds up on the disabled list.

Plouffe was hitting .133 on May 15. Since then he’s hit .296 with 18 homers and a .962 OPS in 52 games.

  1. Bryz - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    I highly believe he’ll be placed on the disabled list. “Day-to-day” is the Twins’ version of the dreaded “vote of confidence” phrase. It sounds positive, but we all know what’s going to happen in the end.

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