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Updated: May 20th, 2010 9:16pm
Twins recall Trevor Plouffe, option Jeff Manship back to Rochester

Twins recall Trevor Plouffe, option Jeff Manship back to Rochester

by Tom Pelissero
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Trevor Plouffe is on the verge of playing his first regular-season game with the Minnesota Twins.

Jesse Crain apparently will get to pitch in at least one more.

Shortly after tonight's 6-2 loss to Boston, the Twins optioned Jeff Manship to Class-AAA Rochester and recalled Plouffe, their first-round pick (20th overall) in the 2004 draft.

Plouffe was hitting .303 with 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 21 RBIs for Rochester, where he'd been since midway through the 2008 season. He's never hit better than .274 in a full minor-league season, and the Twins also had been waiting for him to become more consistent making routine plays at shortstop.

The Twins had been operating with 13 pitchers and only 12 position players, and shortstop J.J. Hardy (wrist) wasn't ready to come off the disabled list tonight as initially hoped.

Crain has struggled for more than a month and gave up two hits in his only inning of work tonight, leading to rampant speculation he could be designated for assignment. Instead, it's Manship who's headed down again.

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