Plouffe forced to sit out with jammed right thumb

Plouffe forced to sit out with jammed right thumb

CHICAGO -- Trevor Plouffe's jammed right thumb, sustained on a pitch Friday from the Royals' Luke Hochevar, still hasn't healed.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Plouffe took two swings Monday and realized he wasn't ready to return. He said team doctors examined Plouffe on Monday night and noticed a bruised nerve.

"They're giving him medication," Gardenhire said. "They think it's going to be a couple days here."

Plouffe's 17-game hitting streak ended Friday, and while he said he felt improvement Monday, he knew he wasn't where he wanted to be before returning to the dish.

"We tried a different pad today to try to take the stress off that point," Plouffe said. "When that contacts my thumb area, it just didn't work. It's one of those things you want to make sure it goes away before you take it out to the game."

Plouffe has rotated between a harder thumb guard and a softer gel thumb guard while swinging this season. He's been using the gel pad recently, but said he will switch back once he returns, since the harder pad provides more protection.

Plouffe said he'll return to the lineup once the pain becomes tolerable, even if his thumb isn't fully healed. He said nobody plays 100 percent healthy at this point in the season.

"I want to be out there playing," Plouffe said. "I'm not trying to sit here and make sure every [pain] is gone."