Plouffe recalled as Punto heads to DL

Plouffe recalled as Punto heads to DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortstop Trevor Plouffe was recalled to the Twins 25-man roster after infielder Nick Punto was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's series opener against the Mariners.

Punto, who left Wednesday's game against the Royals in the eighth inning when he lunged for first base, had an MRI on his left hamstring which revealed enough damage to warrant a stint on the DL, retroactive to July 29. Plouffe returned to the Twins for the third time this season.

In 90 games with the Red Wings, Plouffe has batted .259 with 20 doubles, four triples, 15 home runs and 48 RBIs. Plouffe appeared in seven games for the Twins this season, spanning from May 21 -- his Major League debut -- through June 17. He has hit .130 with three RBIs.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said that the Twins called Plouffe, who was sick at home with the flu, on Thursday, informing him of the news. Gardenhire joked that the call-up was "a good remedy to get better real quick."

Plouffe was doing drills at second base before Friday's game, but Gardenhire said it was most likely that Plouffe would be found at shortstop during this big league stint.

"He has work to do at second; he's played very little of it," Gardenhire said. "He'll get plenty of work over there at second, but right now he's going to play shortstop."