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Twins activate Trevor Plouffe from DL, demote Tsuyoshi Nishioka back to minors

Aug 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka hasn’t played since going 0-for-12 with a half-dozen fielding mistakes in last week’s three-game series against the Indians and not surprisingly the Twins have optioned him back to Triple-A.

The move was made to clear a roster spot for Trevor Plouffe‘s return from the disabled list, as the slugging third baseman has missed the past three weeks with thumb problems.

Nishioka was as bad as a major leaguer could possibly look and it’s unclear why the Twins bothered to call him up in the first place considering he was awful at Triple-A this season and terrible in the majors last season. Whatever the case, we’ve probably seen the last of him in a Twins uniform and perhaps the last of him in the majors, although by optioning Nishioka to the minors instead of designating him for assignment the Twins have left him on the 40-man roster.

Nishioka has hit .215 with zero homers and a .503 OPS in 71 games for the Twins while making 15 errors defensively. He’s owed $3 million next season as part of a $15 million investment by Minnesota.

  1. spudatx - Aug 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

    If the Twins release Nishi in the off-season, what does a guy like that do next? He’s unemployable in the MLB, so his options are to try to return to the Japanese league, or… retire?

  2. dremmel69 - Aug 13, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    His only real baseball option is a return to Japan. Was a failed experiment. Don’t feel bad for Nishioka, though. His time in the majors may have humbled him, but it also made him a great deal of money.

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