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Updated: June 2nd, 2011 10:26pm
Twins call up Brian Dinkelman, acquire minor-league OF Jeremy Reed

Twins call up Brian Dinkelman, acquire minor-league OF Jeremy Reed

by Tom Pelissero
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The roster moves continued to come fast and furious for the Minnesota Twins after Thursday's win at Kansas City.

The team selected the contract of outfielder Brian Dinkelman from Triple-A Rochester, optioned shortstop Trevor Plouffe and reportedly acquired minor-league outfielder Jeremy Reed from the Milwaukee Brewers for future considerations.

Dinkelman, 27, was an eighth-round pick in the 2006 draft and has hit .279/.359/.412 with 38 home runs and 243 RBIs over parts of six seasons in the Twins organization. Entering Thursday, the Illinois native was hitting .297/.373/.400 over 49 games in his second season at Rochester.

To clear room for Dinkelman on the 40-man roster, the Twins moved catcher Joe Mauer to the 60-day disabled list, meaning he'll be eligible to return no sooner than June 12.

Plouffe, who had fallen out of favor with manager Ron Gardenhire, and Reed will provide reinforcements for a Red Wings team that has lost three position players (outfielder Ben Revere, infielder Luke Hughes and Dinkelman) to the big-league squad in a 24-hour span.

Reed, 30, was once considered a top prospect and has spent parts of eight seasons in the major leagues. But he hasn't been a big-league regular since 2005 with Seattle and since has bounced around to the New York Mets, Toronto and Milwaukee, which designated the onetime second-round draft pick for assignment on April 12 after seven hitless at-bats.

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