Trevor Plouffe hasn't played since July 20 due to complications with his thumb. Over the last few days the Twins have tried rest and different types of pads, but so far there was still too much pain (and risk for future damage) to force the issue. Last night, Plouffe tweeted this:
I'm going in to test my thumb tomorrow morning so please send over some positive vibes. Def feeling optimistic!— Trevor Plouffe (@TPlouffe24) July 26, 2012
Plouffe, like Josh Willingham, is a pull hitter for (as we've learned over the last few weeks) power.
He hadn't hit a home run since July 3, which was by far his longest drought since the power explosion kicked off in May. Still, until his 0-for-3 performance on July 20 Plouffe was riding a 17-game hit streak where he batted .328/.384.567.
Getting Plouffe back in the lineup won't change the fortunes of the club too much this season. But if the last couple of months are anything to go by, he could be a big part of this team and this offense over the next few years. Here's hoping that thumb clears up as soon as possible.