The Twins activated Trevor Plouffe from the 15-day disabled list today, 24 days after Plouffe was described as "day-to-day" with a bruised right thumb. (To be fair, this represents one of the Twins' medical staff's greatest successes of the past decade, so bravo to them.)
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) August 13, 2012
#MNTwins activate 3B Trevor Plouffe from the 15-day DL & option 2B Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A Rochester.
To make room on the roster, the star-crossed Tsuyoshi Nishioka was returned to Rochester, where hopefully the pop-ups are not so high and the ground balls aren't so sharp.
Plouffe has batted .259 with 19 home runs in 2012, a breakout season for him at the plate. Since June 1, Plouffe has been verging on "slugger" territory, bashing 14 homers in 42 games and putting up a .317/.373/.634 batting line. Continuing those numbers would cement him at third base in the Twins' plans.
On the flip side, Nishioka was 0-12 with a walk in his stint, and made three errors, and is in the running with Clete Thomas for "worst major-league stint by a Twin in 2012." In general he appears to be a member of the public who won a contest to play in the major leagues, so he's still got some things to work on at Rochester.