Twins activate Plouffe, Nunez from DL, option Polanco and Florimon
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins on Monday activated Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Nunez from the 15-day disabled list. Nunez was on a rehab assignment in Double-A New Britain. Both are in the lineup for Monday night's game against the Kansas City Royals.
Plouffe was on the 15-day DL with a rib injury, and Nunez dealt with a strained right hamstring.
Plouffe is scheduled to start at third base and Nunez is scheduled to start at shortstop. Eduardo Escobar will serve as a backup and Danny Santana remains on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee.
To make room on the active roster, the Twins optioned Pedro Florimon to Triple-A Rochester and also optioned 20-year-old Jorge Polanco back to Class A Advanced Fort Myers.
Florimon was 0-for-11 during this stint and is hitting .092/.179/.132 in 86 plate appearances this season. Polanco held his own after his surprising promotion. The 20-year-old switch hitter went 2-for-5 with a double and a triple, and made his first Major League start Sunday at shortstop. He also lined a ball to right-center that was caught for an out Sunday.
Polanco has a ways to go defensively if he figures to be an everyday shortstop in the Majors some day, but he got his first taste of the big leagues at an early age. He was the youngest player to make his Twins debut since Joe Mauer did in 2004.
Florimon, while a strong fielder, has not shown that he can hit in the Majors.