CLEVELAND -- Third baseman Trevor Plouffe fielded grounders and ran the bases at Target Field on Tuesday and is scheduled to swing in the cages on Wednesday, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Plouffe is on the disabled list retroactive to July 21 with a bruised right thumb after being jammed by a pitch against the Royals on July 20.
If all goes well on Wednesday, Plouffe is expected to take batting practice on the field on Thursday.
The Twins are still deciding whether he'll need a rehab assignment once his thumb is healed. There remains a slight chance he could be activated from the disabled list on Friday.