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Trevor Plouffe hits the seven day DL after catching a knee to the head

May 22, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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Trevor Plouffe had an awful tenth inning in last night’s Twins-Braves game. First he reached base by taking a 97 m.p.h. Craig Kimbrel fastball to the ribs. Then he tried to break up a double play and took a knee to the head, leaving him on the ground for a good while. Looked nasty.

Plouffe has been diagnosed with a concussion and has been placed on the seven-day DL.  Here’s hoping that’s all the time he needs.

  1. scoser - May 22, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Every Twins fan just had a flashback to Justin Morneau’s similar collision a few years go.

    • kopy - May 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      After Morneau and Span, I’d say we’re all prepared for a lengthy absence.

  2. Kevin S. - May 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Watched that last night as it happened, ugh.

    Serious question, why only a seven-day DL for concussions? I thought they needed a longer recovery time than that. Is it because teams still underestimate them and wouldn’t put concussed players on the DL if it was for a full fifteen games?

    • dluxxx - May 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

      Often a concussed player is able to return in less than 15 days, but shouldn’t return in less than 7. The 7 day DL allows players to return before a full 15 days if they are able. It protects the player from “toughing it out” protects the team from having to shorten their bench, and allows the flexibility to extend out their DL stint if necessary.

      • Cris E - May 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        All true, plus that flexibility makes it an easier call for the GM. The Twins, to choose one example, have a history of shying away from the DL when a guy might not need the full two weeks. Requiring a shorter commitment improves the chances that an injured guy will actually be benched, which is to his benefit.

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