07/27/12 9:20 PM ET
Plouffe placed on DL with injured thumb
By Rhett Bollinger and Jordan Garretson / MLB.com
Plouffe originally bruised his thumb against the Royals on July 20, when he was jammed on an inside pitch from Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar.
He missed Minnesota's next five games as a result, but was slated to make his return on Friday. But Plouffe's thumb continued to bother him while taking batting practice before Friday's game. He was scratched from the lineup as a result with Jamey Carroll getting the start at third base.
"He didn't feel right in BP," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He swung earlier in the cage and was OK. But he got out there on the field and started swinging and felt it. No good."
Valencia, meanwhile, will be making his return to the Twins after being optioned to Triple-A on May 9 after hitting just .190 with one homer in 27 games.
In 69 games with the Red Wings, Valencia hit .250/.289/.399 with seven homers and 37 RBIs. Valencia, 27, hit .311 with seven homers in 85 games as a rookie in '10 before hitting .246 with 15 homers and 72 RBIs in 154 games last year.
"The numbers aren't great, but they're maybe not indicative," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "I'm sure he wasn't happy to be down there after spending two full years up here. But you have to get over that disappointment when you get a demotion."
Perdomo gets called up to bolster Twins' bullpen
MINNEAPOLIS -- Luis Perdomo is getting his first Major League opportunity since 2010.
The right-handed reliever joined the Twins on Friday after having his contract purchased from Triple-A Rochester on Thursday. Minnesota's move came after placing Anthony Swarzak on the disabled list with a mild right rotator cuff strain.
Perdomo last pitched in the Majors in 2010 with the Padres. He posted a 0.92 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings for Rochester after the Twins signed him as a Minor League free agent in the offseason.
Expect to see plenty of cutters, manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"You're going to see quick arm action," Gardenhire said of the 28-year-old. "He's going to wing it. He's going to let it fly. He doesn't hold anything back. He's max effort on every pitch ... We'll see how he does."
Perdomo earned a save in his last appearance for the Red Wings, in which he worked 3 2/3 innings on July 25. But the Twins will utilize him in a situational role, not long relief, Gardenhire said.
The 6-0, 170-pounder recorded a 3.60 ERA with five strikeouts in five innings in Spring Training.
"I think it was a good impression," Perdomo said through teammate Alexi Casilla. "Every time I got the opportunity I was trying to do my best, 100 percent. I think that's why I'm here."
"I'm feeling very good to get the opportunity."
Twins look for consistency from Parmelee at Triple-A
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Parmelee has continued to impress at Triple-A Rochester, but Twins general manager Terry Ryan says the club wants to see him maintain that consistency with the Red Wings.
Parmelee, 24, is hitting .327 with a .463 on-base percentage and .570 slugging percentage in 31 games at Triple-A. He also has six homers and 22 RBIs.
He's been up and down with Minnesota and Rochester seemingly all season, as he started the year with the Twins but has been optioned three times, including on Monday, when Justin Morneau returned after three days on the paternity list.
"There's nothing wrong with him being in Triple-A," Ryan said. "He got a little bit of an opportunity up here. He got some at-bats and he didn't do enough with it."
Parmelee hasn't fared as well with the Twins, hitting .204/.283/.324 with two homers in 40 games after he impressed as a September callup last year by hitting .355/.433/.592 with four homers in 21 games.
But as Ryan noted, this is Parmelee's first stint at Triple-A after making the jump straight from Double-A last year.
"He didn't spend a day in Triple-A last year," Ryan said. "He came right out of Double-A, don't forget that. He made the team out of Spring Training on merit. Then, when he did get a chance, it didn't go so well, so we had to send him back because we couldn't get him enough at-bats.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.