07/24/12 12:32 AM ET
Plouffe forced to sit out with jammed right thumb
By Rowan Kavner / MLB.com
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Plouffe took two swings Monday and realized he wasn't ready to return. He said team doctors examined Plouffe on Monday night and noticed a bruised nerve."They're giving him medication," Gardenhire said. "They think it's going to be a couple days here." Plouffe's 17-game hitting streak ended Friday, and while he said he felt improvement Monday, he knew he wasn't where he wanted to be before returning to the dish.
"We tried a different pad today to try to take the stress off that point," Plouffe said. "When that contacts my thumb area, it just didn't work. It's one of those things you want to make sure it goes away before you take it out to the game."
Plouffe has rotated between a harder thumb guard and a softer gel thumb guard while swinging this season. He's been using the gel pad recently, but said he will switch back once he returns, since the harder pad provides more protection.
Plouffe said he'll return to the lineup once the pain becomes tolerable, even if his thumb isn't fully healed. He said nobody plays 100 percent healthy at this point in the season.
"I want to be out there playing," Plouffe said. "I'm not trying to sit here and make sure every [pain] is gone."
Morneau to rejoin club on Tuesday
CHICAGO -- The Twins will reinstate first baseman Justin Morneau from paternity leave before Tuesday's game and optioned Chris Parmelee back to Triple-A Rochester following Monday night's loss to the White Sox.
"He'll be flying back tonight," Gardenhire said before the 7-4 loss to the White Sox. "He gets in late tonight, so he should be joining us tomorrow."
The Twins placed the first baseman on the paternity list Saturday, recalling Parmelee from Triple-A Rochester. Parmelee played Saturday, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI, but didn't play Sunday and wasn't in Monday's starting lineup. He did pinch-hit in the eighth inning, popping out to second.
Morneau's son was born hours before Saturday's game against the Royals.
Ryan Doumit hit a home run from both sides of the plate Sunday in Kansas City, becoming the third Twins player (Chili Davis and Roy Smalley) in franchise history to do so. Samuel Deduno earned his first win Sunday. He's the third Twins pitcher to earn his first win this season, with all three victories coming against the Royals. Cole De Vries won on June 4, while Casey Fien won on July 20.
The Twins have lost 13 of their last 17 games against the White Sox.
Rowan Kavner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.