June 12, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins right fielder Trevor Plouffe (24) throws the ball to first base to get out Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ty Wigginton (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Target Field. The Twins won 11-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Trevor Plouffe Injury: Twins 3B To Rejoin Team Monday For Detroit Series

Trevor Plouffe has rejoined the Minnesota Twins roster, taking the place of Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

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Twins Activate Trevor Plouffe, Send Tsuyoshi Nishioka Back To Triple-A

The Minnesota Twins got some good news when they heard that Trevor Plouffe was going to be able to come back sooner rather than later. On Monday, the team activated him from the 15-day disabled list on top of that, according to Rhett Bollinger on the official website.

Plouffe has been a bright spot for the Twins this year, hitting .259/.330/.525 with 19 homeruns in 74 games this year. He was placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 21, and had a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester, in which he went 0-for-8 with a walk in two games. Still, those rehab assignments are less about looking awesome and more about looking like you're not going to fall apart going full-speed.

Barring any setbacks, Plouffe should be in the lineup sooner rather than later, which is definitely a good things as the Twins have struggled lately. The Detroit Tigers are making a push in their division, and could be a tough team to beat right now with their strong pitching staff. Plouffe certainly helps things.

The team optioned second baseman Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Triple-A Rochester to make room on the roster. Nishioka went 0-for-12 at the plate with three errors in the field during a three-game series against the Indians recently.

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Trevor Plouffe Injury: Twins 3B Expected To Rejoin Team Monday After Rehab Stint

It only might take two days with Triple-A Rochester, but Minnesota third baseman Trevor Plouffe is reportedly on track to make his return in a Twins uniform on Monday according to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger:

The Twins open up a three-game homestand with the Detroit Tigers on Monday, so Plouffe's presence in the lineup would come at a time when Minnesota appears to be entering a skid after a very strong two-week stretch. Plouffe finished 0-for-4 from the plate with a pair of strikeouts in Saturday's game with the Red Wings, but played well in the field and made two key plays at third late in the game.

More importantly, though, Plouffe felt good enough after the game to convince his team that he's ready to be recalled sooner rather than later, which is a great sign. The 26-year-old infielder has not suited up for a game with the Twins since July 20, but should be back with the club to open the week barring a setback.

Stay with this StoryStream for more on Plouffe's injury, and be sure to check out Twinkie Town for more Twins coverage. Also head over to Baseball Nation for even more MLB news and analysis.

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