Flurry of roster moves means two on DL, Plouffe sent down

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 2, 2011 - 11:55 PM
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KANSAS CITY, MO. - After placing Jason Kubel and Jim Thome on the disabled list Thursday, the Twins made a series of moves to strengthen their bench.

They recalled outfielder Ben Revere and infielder Luke Hughes from Class AAA Rochester. Then, after their 8-2 victory over the Royals, they promoted utility man Brian Dinkelman from Rochester and optioned shortstop Trevor Plouffe back to Class AAA.

"It's a tough move," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Plouffey's a great kid and has had a little bit of a rough time up here, so it's hard sending him down because we like him so well.

"But on the flip side, giving Brian Dinkelman a chance is pretty exciting for all of us here because he's a really good kid, a really hard worker, one of these guys who has to do everything and more to get a chance."

The Twins had to add Dinkelman to their 40-man roster. To make room, they moved Joe Mauer to the 60-day disabled list, which still leaves him eligible to return on June 12.

Knowing they already have plucked 15 players from Rochester's roster, the Twins also gave something back to the Red Wings, acquiring minor league outfielder Jeremy Reed from the Brewers for future considerations.

Reed, who has batted .252 in 458 career games with the Mariners, Mets, Blue Jays and Brewers, batted .216 with one homer in 33 games for Class AAA Nashville and went hitless in seven at-bats for Milwaukee this year.

Revere and Dinkelman give the Twins two lefthanded hitters to replace Kubel and Thome.

Thome strained a quadriceps muscle Wednesday, and by Thursday the Twins knew he would be out awhile. Kubel had been hoping to avoid the DL after spraining his left foot on Monday.

The Twins have eight players from their 25-man Opening Day roster on the DL: Kubel, Thome, Mauer, Francisco Liriano, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Joe Nathan, Glen Perkins and Kevin Slowey. Three others have been on the DL and returned: Delmon Young, Jason Repko and Jose Mijares.

Young stays in left

While Kubel and Thome recover, Gardenhire can use the DH role to give other players a rest from their defensive duties.

Justin Morneau was the DH on Thursday, with Michael Cuddyer moving to first base.

As much as he likes Revere's speed, Gardenhire does not plan to give Young extensive time at DH.

"Delmon's not really too excited about DH-ing," Gardenhire said. "He's been working really hard in the outfield, trying to get better. He feels a lot more comfortable playing, and I respect that."

Young entered Thursday batting .213 with one homer and 11 RBI, but the Twins haven't forgotten last year, when he batted .298 with 21 homers and 112 RBI.

Gardenhire said it has taken Young awhile to find his swing after he missed part of spring training and three weeks of the season because of injuries.

"He's been swinging and missing a lot, and there have been a couple games when he's right on the ball," Gardenhire said. "... I think if he puts together a few good ballgames in a row, he'll take off."

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