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Updated: June 10th, 2010 10:47pm
Twins place J.J. Hardy on 15-day disabled list, recall Trevor Plouffe

Twins place J.J. Hardy on 15-day disabled list, recall Trevor Plouffe

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- J.J. Hardy and his troublesome left wrist are back on the disabled list.

The Minnesota Twins' shortstop felt better on Thursday, two days after taking a cortisone shot to alleviate the soreness that spread throughout the wrist during last week's road trip.

But the bone bruise Hardy originally sustained on May 4 continued to give him trouble when he tried to take swings on Thursday, so the Twins decided to shut him down and recall Trevor Plouffe from Class-AAA Rochester after their 9-8 loss to Kansas City.

"We've been fighting this long enough," manager Ron Gardenhire said of Hardy's injury, which first landed him on the disabled list May 11.

"So, we'll put him on the DL, let him rehab basically -- kind of immobilize it, let him do treatment on it. He's got a little bit of time here, and let's just try and get him healthy."

Hardy hadn't started since last Friday, but he pinch ran twice last weekend, making the move retroactive to Monday and making Hardy eligible to come off the DL on June 22 -- the same day the Twins start a series against his old team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

In the meantime, he'll wear a brace at night to keep the wrist from moving, do exercises during the day and hope the time off helps the injury heal once and for all.

"They just say that these bone bruises -- there's no specific way to heal them other than rest," Hardy said. "Some take a couple weeks. Some take months. For me, that's the tough part, is that all I can do is rest. That's the only way that it's going to get better."

Plouffe made his major-league debut last month and appeared in three games, hitting .231 with a double and three RBIs, before the Twins sent him back to Rochester.

Gardenhire indicated Nick Punto could see more time at second base to let Plouffe play shortstop and Brendan Harris split time with Danny Valencia at third.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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