The Twins mercifully ended Nishi's 2012 MLB campaign by optioning him to Rochester this morning. This leaves Hughes cemented as the utility infielder/bench bat. It also may be a sign that the Twins are rethinking the Plouffe in LF idea. It opens a potential spot for someone.
At the moment, I'm speculating that this could be Parmalee's break, as he could move into a 1B/DH role with Justin. Doumit then shifts to a C/1B/DH/RF type role. Either that, or it opens a spot for Burroughs.