Trevor Plouffe lands on DL, bringing back Danny Valencia to Twins
Get the 1500 ESPN SportsWire delivered to your inbox daily, and keep up with all the news in Twin Cities Sports
The Minnesota Twins announced on Thursday they've placed Plouffe on the 15-day disabled list because of a bruised right thumb, retroactive to July 21, and Valencia has been recalled from Triple-A Rochester.
"It's the natural move," general manager Terry Ryan said. "It's an opportunity for Danny. Sometimes when opportunity arrises you take advantage of it, just like Plouffe did. This is a chance for Danny to make a good impression. We'll see how he responds."
Plouffe experienced more soreness in his thumb during batting practice prior to the Twins' game against the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. He was scratched from the lineup, and manager Ron Gardenhire said a roster move was likely.
"We gave him as much time as we could," Ryan said. "Yesterday he did what we asked. He went out and swung the bat and said he felt good ... The one thing that we did ask of him is that you don't act like a martyr here and go out and take one or two at-bats and then tell us you can't play, because we would have loss the retroactive ability. So he helped the cause, even though he can't play. That's disappointing, but he made the right decision. We didn't want to lose those days."
Valencia is hitting .250 (67-for-268) with seven home runs and 37 RBIs since being optioned to Rochester on May 9. He's expected to be in uniform on Saturday.
"I don't think the numbers are great," Ryan said of Valencia. "They are maybe not indicative. I'm sure he wasn't happy to be down there after spending two full years up here, but you have to get over that disappointment when you get a demotion. I've talked enough to (Rochester manager) Gene Glynn and those guys down there about him. He went about his business decently."