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  • Minnesota Twins Activate Trevor Plouffe, Demote Chris Herrmann

    The Minnesota Twins have announced that they will activate third baseman Trevor Plouffe in time for Saturday night's game. To make room for him on the 25-man roster, they optioned Chris Herrmann to AAA-Rochester.

    Plouffe has been out of the lineup since he suffered a concussion on May 21st when he was hit in the head with a knee while sliding into second base. He had been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list, and activated back on 5/29, but suffered a calf injury in warmups and was put on the 15-day DL. After recovering, he's been playing in Rochester since Monday. His return adds a right-handed bat to the Twins lefty leaning lineup, and a decent one at that. At the time of his initial injury, Plouffe was hitting .254 with a 758 OPS.

    Chris Herrmann will return to Rochester after being called up on 5/26. He served as the team's third catcher and backup center fielder, with six hits (and his first major league home run) in sixteen at-bats. Herrmann is an interesting choice, as the Twins are adding an infielder but losing a catcher/outfielder. It also isn't clear what options they'll have as a backup to Clete Thomas in center field, should they need one.
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      It wasn't clear who the CF backup was with Hermann on the roster. Nothing has changed in that respect. In Hermann's enitre career, he has played only 11 games in CF, all in 2010 at Ft Myers.

      This promotion makes it clear that TR is firmly in control of the roster decisions. If Gardy had more rope he never would have sent down his 3rd catcher security blanket. It appears the Twins will go an outfielder short until either the 13th pitcher is sent down or Hicks/Ramirez are reinstated.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Would absolutely LOVE to see Clete go down for a few days (not enough to DL but 2-3 days) & see what they would do & how chaotic it would become in the OF.
      Bet you now see Parm back in OF with Doumit on bench to protect the C spot. Cannot take Arcia out of lineup as he's the only potent bat.
      Very poorly constructed team (40 man roster also)
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Can Poffy save the Twins?
    1. Thegrin's Avatar
      Thegrin -
      Butera played Friday in Rochester. Will Hermann be the #1 Red Wings catcher ?
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      If this is truely the year to find out who real , why not bring up a few more guys and give a couple of prospects more time to season in rochester?
      With the fantastic 4 struggling to stay above the mendoza line , why not bring up Beresford,Romero and Santana? Being as how we need a real leadoff hitter maybe bring up Richardson wouldnt hurt.... Whats the worst that could happen? we find out a couple of these guys are ready , or at least better then what we had
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      The good news is Ramirez has resumed baseball activities so he might not be far away from being ready to go.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Bet you now see Parm back in OF with Doumit on bench to protect the C spot.
      Why do you think this? If Doumit is playing in right, he can still protect the C spot because he's in the game, and can move to catcher if needed.

      Not that playing Doumit instead of Parmelee every day makes any sense to me either. Tough to find ABs for them, Arcia, and Willingham.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      "The good news is Ramirez ...might not be far away...".

      I shudder to think what the bad news might be.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thegrin View Post
      Butera played Friday in Rochester. Will Hermann be the #1 Red Wings catcher ?
      Rochester doesn't have an obvious 3rd outfielder, so I would guess that Herrmann gets a lot of time in the outfield when Butera is behind the plate.
    1. NorthwestTwinsFan's Avatar
      NorthwestTwinsFan -
      Does this mean Jamey Carroll isn't going to be in the lineup everyday? Please God, say yes.
    1. spideyo's Avatar
      spideyo -
      Yeah, I don't think we'll be hurting for OF, we've got Willingham, Doumit, Arcia, Parmelee, and Thomas, and if we really needed it Plouffe and Escobar can cover OF as well.

      My guess is Escobar becomes the backup CF for now, which is much easier to do with Plouffe taking back 3B.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      They said on the radio that Hermann was taking grounders everyday @ 3B the past week in case of a problem.
      Would love for him to get a little bit of time there to see if he could handle it athletically. He was a collegiate 3B. Every bit of versatility he can add to his bag, the better his MLB value.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Bet you now see Parm back in OF with Doumit on bench to protect the C spot.
      Nope. Unless someone is on DH, he can move into C, if necessary. (Even at DH he can move, but you lose the DH spot.) So no reason not to play Doumit at OF (as far as his availability to fill in at C goes... his glove there is a different story)
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Plouffe getting reinstated today from the DL is a good omen - it his birthday today.

      I am thinking Trevor hits a couple jacks tonight - one for his birthday, and one for mine.

      ¡Hágalos pagar al Sr. Plouffe!
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bark's Lounge View Post
      Plouffe getting reinstated today from the DL is a good omen - it his birthday today.

      I am thinking Trevor hits a couple jacks tonight - one for his birthday, and one for mine.

      ¡Hágalos pagar al Sr. Plouffe!
      The Twins had a day off on my birthday so it's OK with me if he hits a third homer tonight and makes that one be for me.

      Appropriate felicitations to you on the occasion of the celebratory anniversary of your nativity.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      I guess you know by now that Plouffe got #1 in the 4th.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      The Twins had a day off on my birthday so it's OK with me if he hits a third homer tonight and makes that one be for me.

      Appropriate felicitations to you on the occasion of the celebratory anniversary of your nativity.
      Thanks John, and I wish you a belated joyous anniversary of your entrance into this dimension of which we all exist... I think? My belated birthday wishes still stand in case I am wrong.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      I guess you know by now that Plouffe got #1 in the 4th.
      Just found out. I missed the game as I had a Wedding Reception to attend. 1 homerun... how insulting. As far as I am concerned he owes us. And I demand that we be payed in full by the end of tomorrow.
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      Yaay - maybe the Twins will have another surplus: CF, now 3b. Keep her going Trevor.
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