Entering Sunday, Plouffe's last three hits have been home runs, but those have been his only hits over his last 18 at-bats. Plouffe has also struck out seven times over that span.
"A home run here or there is good, but we need more consistent at-bats," Gardenhire said. "The home runs are great -- [Saturday] was as big as you can get -- but your other at-bats have to be consistent. You have to put the ball into play."
Plouffe started at third base against the Brewers on Sunday, with Jamey Carroll getting the nod at second base. Gardenhire said he's been pleased with Plouffe's defense so far this season because of his ability to play so many positions.
"He looks fine at third," Gardenhire said. "He's moving around all over the place. He's our super utility. He plays left, right, second, first, short and third. And even catches in between innings."