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:
Gardenhire said that Plouffe is on track to rejoin the— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) August 12, 2012
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.
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