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Plouffe set to return to Twins on Monday

Plouffe set to return to Twins on Monday

Plouffe set to return to Twins on Monday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite going 0-for-4 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, third baseman Trevor Plouffe is on track to make his return to the Twins on Monday.

Plouffe, who is on the disabled list retroactive to July 21 with a bruised right thumb, is scheduled to play again Sunday night. And if all goes to plan, he'll rejoin the Twins before their game against the Tigers on Monday.

"He's ready," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I said I wanted him to face some velocity and he faces a knuckleballer. He'll play today and he will be back tomorrow, if everything goes good."

Plouffe originally jammed his thumb on a swing on July 20. It caused some nerve damage in his thumb, so he's wearing a batting glove with extra padding.

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