MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 19: Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins hits an RBI double against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning on July 19, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Yesterday morning we were talking about Trevor Plouffe testing his thumb. The Twins had tried different pads and rest but nothing had worked, so yesterday's test was really the last stop before the disabled list. Things apparently went well, but Bryz called it:
Even if he is back by tomorrow, I won’t be surprised if he gets shut down again in a couple days and then is finally placed on the DL. That’s just how these things always seem to work.
Mutliple sources are reporting it on Twitter, so I'll just pick one.
Plouffe a late scratch. Thumb didn't respond well during BP. Sounds like a roster move will be coming. #MNTwins— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) July 27, 2012
Coming back will definitely be an infielder, so we're likely to see Chris Parmelee (again) or else the return of Danny Valencia. It would be interesting to see Valencia, and to see how he performs now that the pressure is on. Third base is no longer his position; it's Plouffe's. It might be the best audition opportunity he has, since a healthy Plouffe would still get a majority of the plate appearances in September.
It's worth noting: Valencia isn't in Rochester's lineup tonight:
Wings lineup: Dinkelman LF/Nishi 2B/Parmelee 1B/Ramirez DH/Thomas CF/Rivera C/Florimon SS/Chang 3B/Bigley RF. SP: Manship 6-1, 2.29 ERA— Rochester Red Wings(@RocRedWings) July 27, 2012