Twins Activate Trevor Plouffe; Option Nishioka

June 12, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins right fielder Trevor Plouffe (24) throws the ball to first base to get out Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ty Wigginton (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Target Field. The Twins won 11-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Minnesota Twins have activated utilityman Trevor Plouffe from the disabled list and optioned middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka back to Triple-A, reports Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Plouffe, who has been out since July 20 with a jammed right thumb, is putting together a surprisingly productive season for the Twinkies. The 26-year-old utility player is hitting .259/.330/.525 in just seventy-four games this year. Never much of a power threat in the minors---topping out at fifteen home runs in 2011---Plouffe has clobbered nineteen home runs already this season.

Nishioka, 28, appeared in only three games for Minnesota, failing to record a hit in twelve at-bats. The former Japanese Pacific League star has been a major disappointment for the Twins. After hitting just .226/.278/.249 in sixty-eight games last year, Nishioka has made no significant signs of improvement at Triple-A, and will likely spend the remainder of his three-year, $9.25 million contract (through 2013) in the minor leagues.

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Can Trevor Plouffe continue his slugging ways?

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