Young, Plouffe to rejoin team

The outfielder will come off the disabled list and the infielder will be promoted from Class AAA.

Twins left fielder Delmon Young

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CHICAGO - Twins outfielder Delmon Young will be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on Monday and infielder Trevor Plouffe will be called up from Class AAA Rochester in time for Thursday's game against Kansas City.

Young, who has been on the DL since June 26 because of a sprained right ankle, was 1-for-2 with a homer on Sunday for Rochester during a minor league rehabilitation game. Young hit .290 in nine games at Rochester, with two homers and five RBI.

To make room, the Twins sent down outfielder Rene Tosoni, who was 2-for-3 with a RBI on Sunday. With Young expected to play every day, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said at-bats were going to become scarce for Tosoni.

"We've got so many outfielders he has to make a move," Tosoni said. "It's been fortunate for me to be here just cause of injuries. That's been my luck so far, the injuries. I've had a good time playing here. I'm glad I had the opportunity. I'm not upset about going back down, I understand everything, how it works. Hopefully, I'll be back soon."

Plouffe is back after batting .200 with three home runs in 18 games earlier in the season. He struggled with throws from shortstop. Now he's played first base, second, third and the outfield at Rochester and will fill in at multiple positions for the Twins.

Plouffe is batting .313 with 15 homers and 33 RBI in 51 games with Rochester.

The Twins optioned catcher Rene Rivera to Rochester. He hit .181 over 27 games, with a homer and four RBI.

Make more moves?

With three weeks before the non-waiver trade deadline, all eyes will be on the Twins' front office to see if it will explore deals that will help a title chase -- or go the other way.

Gardenhire was asked if he felt his team has done enough to encourage General Manager Bill Smith and his staff to be buyers rather than sellers.

"We talk about it,'' Gardenhire said. "You hope you put enough good things out there that he doesn't worry about launching people rather than trying to find people."

Thome's toe

Designated hitter Jim Thome has been slowed by a sore left big toe and was not in Sunday's starting lineup.

"You saw his swings [Saturday],'' Gardenhire said. "He was fighting it pretty good. He wasn't able to push real good off his backside. That's not working out too awful well."

Thome told the team his toe felt better Sunday.

Span getting close

Denard Span flew home for the All-Star break Sunday, since the team didn't work out on the field before the game. Span will be examined by doctors mid-week and, hopefully, will be cleared to play in games.

Span will undergo an ImPACT test to make sure he no longer has a concussion. Then he will head to Class AAA Rochester for seven to 10 days before rejoining the Twins.


• Righthander Kevin Slowey, coming back from an abdominal strain, threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings for Rochester. He has given up two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings at Rochester.

• After the game, Michael Cuddyer, White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko and their families boarded the same flight to Phoenix for the All-Star Game.

• Seeking to change his luck, Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn shaved off his beard.


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