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.
— JoeChristensen (@JoeCStrib) August 13, 2012
#MNTwins announce that they are activating 3B Trevor Plouffe from the DL and optioning Tsuyoshi Nishioka to AAA Rochester.
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.
Can Trevor Plouffe continue his slugging ways?