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Florimon, Fryer make rare starts

Florimon, Fryer make rare starts

BOSTON -- The Twins shuffled their lineup for the series finale against the Red Sox on Wednesday, as Pedro Florimon made his first start at shortstop since May 7, while Eric Fryer made his second start behind the plate this season.

Florimon was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday with third baseman Trevor Plouffe going on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left rib. Florimon, who began the year as the club's starting shortstop, was optioned to Rochester on May 8 after struggling offensively.

He hit just .230/.291/.330 with two homers, four doubles and five RBIs in 33 games at Triple-A, but he was swinging better recently, hitting .274 over his final 19 games before getting called up.

"It feels good to be back here again," Florimon said. "When I went down, I was a little frustrated. I wasn't doing good in the beginning, but I've been doing better. I feel more comfortable at the plate."

Fryer, meanwhile, also started at catcher Saturday and will continue to spell regular Kurt Suzuki when he needs a day off. He worked plenty with Wednesday's starter, right-hander Kyle Gibson, in Triple-A last year and is regarded as a solid receiver behind the plate.

"I don't worry with Fry," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's caught these guys and is a good receiver. He handles the ballgame really well. I don't worry about putting him in there. It's the right thing to do with Suzuki playing every day."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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