Valencia replaces injured Plouffe

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 28, 2012 - 12:09 AM

Trevor Plouffe was scratched from the lineup and placed on the disabled list, meaning Danny Valencia is back in the big leagues.

The Twins placed third baseman Trevor Plouffe on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a bruised right thumb and recalled Danny Valencia from Class AAA Rochester.

Plouffe, who hasn't played since July 20, was scratched from Friday's lineup after feeling more pain in the thumb during batting practice. He is batting .259 with 19 home runs and 38 RBI and is eligible to return Aug. 5.

Valencia hit .190 with one homer and 11 RBI in 27 games before the Twins demoted him in May. In 69 games for Rochester, he hit .250 with seven homers and 37 RBI.

"It's a natural move," Twins GM Terry Ryan said. "It's an opportunity for Danny. Sometimes when an opportunity arises, you take advantage of it, just like Plouffe did. Here's a chance for Danny to make a good impression. See how he responds."

Asked for the team's recent reports on Valencia, Ryan said they're "OK."

"I don't think the numbers are great, but they're maybe not indicative," Ryan added. "I'm sure he wasn't happy to be down there after spending two full years up here, but you've got to get over that disappointment when you get a demotion. And I've talked to [Rochester manager] Gene Glynn and those guys about it; [Valencia] went about his business decently."

Still 'interim' GM

The Twins named Ryan their interim GM last November, when he replaced Bill Smith, but nobody in the organization uses the "interim" tag. Twins CEO Jim Pohlad hopes Ryan is back in the position to stay.

"We haven't talked about [the title], and I don't anticipate talking about it until we get to the latter part of this year," Ryan said. "I'm very appreciative of [Pohlad] saying that. We have not had a good year.

"We've got a lot of work to do. And I'm not in any position to say the interim's going to be off. I don't want that off there yet. I've got to prove myself I can do the job."

Pohlad, who was on the field during batting practice, said as Tuesday's nonwaiver trade deadline approaches the team has full confidence in Ryan.

"We're totally on board with him," Pohlad said. "We went to visit the commissioner [Bud Selig] this week, and he has nothing but good things to say about Terry. And that doesn't make our decision for us, but it makes us feel good."

Pohlad also said Ryan is under no pressure to unload payroll, which is about $100 million, down from a franchise record $113 million last year.

"This year, we're where we want to be," Pohlad said.

Etc.

• Luis Perdomo arrived from Rochester, taking the place of fellow righthander Anthony Swarzak (strained rotator cuff) in the bullpen. Perdomo was set to become the 24th pitcher to make an appearance this season for the Twins -- a list that includes Drew Butera. The Twins used 24 pitchers last season, including a one-inning outing by Michael Cuddyer.

• Daniel Turpen, the pitcher the Twins received from the Rockies for Kevin Slowey last December, was promoted to Rochester after posting a 4.25 ERA in 33 appearances for Class AA New Britain, with 59 strikeouts and 23 walks in 53 innings.

• Slowey, who got traded from Colorado to Cleveland last January, has been out since May because of a strained lat. He went 3-3 with a 5.18 ERA in eight starts for Class AAA Columbus.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final123456789RHE
Detroit2200000004110
Minnesota «30000302X8130
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:K.Gibson(12-11) L:D.Price(14-12)
HR: DET- None MIN- None

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: C. Frias 2 FINAL
Colorado - WP: J. De La Rosa 16
San Francisco - WP: S. Romo 4 FINAL
Arizona - LP: A. Reed 2
Boston - LP: C. Buchholz 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano 9
Toronto - LP: J. Happ 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: B. Norris 6
Washington - LP: R. Detwiler 1 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: A. Wood 3
Miami - WP: H. Alvarez 4 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: D. Gee 3
NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy 3 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: A. Cobb 2
Cincinnati - LP: D. Corcino 1 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks 3
Chicago WSox - LP: C. Sale 2 FINAL
Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura 6
Cleveland - WP: C. Carrasco 2 FINAL
Houston - LP: B. Oberholtzer 0
Detroit - LP: D. Price 4 FINAL
Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson 8
Milwaukee - LP: M. Fiers 0 FINAL
St. Louis - WP: A. Wainwright 2
Seattle - LP: J. Paxton 0 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: C. Wilson 5
Texas - WP: R. Ross Jr. 6 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Doolittle 1
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 5 FINAL
San Diego - LP: E. Stults 2
Tampa Bay 7:25 PM
Atlanta
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
(5) Auburn 6:30 PM
(20) Kansas State
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Toronto 9/19/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close