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Updated: June 9th, 2013 1:36pm
Deibinson Romero tearing it up in AAA, and Ron Gardenhire has noticed

Deibinson Romero tearing it up in AAA, and Ron Gardenhire has noticed

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Minnesota Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe tweeted Sunday he's headed to Rochester for a rehab assignment.

He'll have some strong company out there at the hot corner, and could soon have the same company in the big leagues.

Red Wings third baseman Deibinson Romero has been tearing the cover off the ball in Triple-A, and manager Ron Gardenhire has noticed.

"Deibinson Romero is playing real well in Triple-A right now," Gardenhire told the Star Tribune. "He's high on the radar."

Gardenhire was excited to see the 26-year-old Romero during spring training, but Romero got stuck in the Dominican Republic due to a visa issue. In 25 games between Double-A and Triple-A since resolving the issue, Romero is hitting .315/.390/.587 with seven home runs -- a nice follow-up from a 2012 season in which Romero hit .267/.356/.441 with 19 home runs for New Britain.

"He's a line-drive gap-to-gap guy, but he can drive a baseball, too. He's gotten better and better," Gardenhire added. "He's really brought himself back into the picture here. Another option -- and he is an option for me."

Plouffe has been sidelined for two weeks, first with a concussion and now with a strained calf. If he returns when eligible next week, Plouffe will have spent three weeks on the disabled list, but even when healthy his bat has been awfully quiet since that two-month tear prior to last year's All-Star break.

Of course, Plouffe is out of minor league options, and Romero is not currently on the 40-man roster, so a lot would have to happen for Romero to get an extended look in the majors.

But he's knocking on the door.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, Trevor Plouffe
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