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Trevor Plouffe lands on disabled list with thumb injury

Jul 27, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

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Trevor Plouffe hasn’t played since jamming his right thumb on a swing last Friday against the Royals and now the Twins will have to get by without him for a little while longer.

Plouffe was originally slated to return to the lineup tonight against the Indians, but he was scratched after he felt continued discomfort during batting practice. The Twins didn’t want to push him any further, so they placed him on the disabled list prior to tonight’s game. The move is retroactive to July 21, so he could return as soon as next Sunday if the thumb improves.  Danny Valencia was called up to take his place on the roster.

Plouffe has emerged as a surprising bright spot for the last-place Twins this season, batting .259/.330/.525 with 19 home runs, 38 RBI and an .855 OPS through 74 games played. And while he has slowed down a bit from his incredible power surge in early June, he was hitting .302 (19-for-63) with three homers in 16 games this month prior to the injury.

  1. wintwins - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Seven days off before putting him on the DL?
    Classic Twins!

  2. Bryz - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    My comment from July 24th on this post: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/07/24/twins-hot-hitting-trevor-plouffe-sidelined-by-thumb-injury/

    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.

    You can thumb down wintwins’ comment all you want, but he (she?) is absolutely correct in saying that this is typical for the Twins.

  3. rgledz - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Typical of every Major League team….his time on the DL is retroactive to the 7 days ago……..so who cares.

  4. kwf1224 - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    The Twins aren’t going to win many
    games without Trevor Plouffe.

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