Unless Plouffe shows improvement, will land on DL

Unless Plouffe shows improvement, will land on DL

CHICAGO -- Trevor Plouffe, who hasn't played since being removed from Friday's game against the Royals after bruising his right thumb, will likely land on the disabled list if he's unable to swing a bat on Thursday.

"If he can't go in and take swings [Thursday], then he'll go on the DL probably and we'll bring a player up for Friday," said manager Ron Gardenhire. "We said we'd give him one more day. He's available to do very little off the bench right now."

Gardenhire and general manager Terry Ryan said Danny Valencia is a possibility to be called up.

Valencia is hitting .249 with seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 66 games at Triple-A Rochester, striking out 40 times and walking 14. He's progressed in his last five games, hitting .333 with three doubles.

Ryan said if the Twins are forced to make a move for a third baseman, Valencia would still be the likely replacement.

"If you've got a third baseman that goes down, obviously Danny would be the ideal choice to come back up," Ryan said.