5/11/2014 5:36 P.M. ET
Plouffe honors mom with pink bat, gear
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
DETROIT -- Major League Baseball's Mother's Day initiative has always meant a lot to Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe, as his mother, Diane, is a breast cancer survivor.
But last year, Plouffe wasn't allowed to use a pink bat to honor his mother and others affected by breast cancer, as MLB had an exclusive partnership with Louisville Slugger, and Plouffe uses a MaxBat.
Plouffe, however, still used his pink MaxBat last year despite the chance of being fined, and ultimately never was fined for his actions. But this year, MLB made the decision to allow all manufacturers to produce pink equipment for Mother's Day.
It was welcome news for Plouffe, who talked to the head of the Players Association, Tony Clark, during the offseason about the issue.
"I think it was a little bit of a flaw in the system last year, so I talked to Tony Clark in board meetings," Plouffe said. "Before it all changed, we actually came up with a different plan we were going to bring to the Players Union about using a different color bat besides pink that would still have the same effect, but be legal. But everything is changed now, and every MLB product can use pink now, which is the way it should be. It's definitely better than last year."
In addition to his pink bat, Plouffe also wore a pink shin guard while batting and pink wristbands. He said he was honored to do it, especially considering all that his mom went through as a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed when Plouffe was a freshman in high school, but has been in remission for about eight years, according to Plouffe.
"It means a lot," Plouffe said. "I know she is always looking forward to today. I know it brings awareness to the foundations and brings money to a good cause. And more important than that, it's just showing we're supporting those people who are going through tough times. It means a lot to them."
Plouffe wasn't the only Twins player using a pink bat against the Tigers on Sunday, as he was joined by second baseman Brian Dozier, first baseman Chris Colabello and center fielder Aaron Hicks.
Dozier was the only one of the four with a hit on Sunday, but the pink gear might have brought some luck, as the Twins' won the game, 4-3, with an eighth-inning rally.
Mauer stays at DH, may return to first Tuesday
DETROIT -- Joe Mauer, who has been bothered by a sore lower back, was in the lineup for the second straight day at designated hitter against the Tigers on Sunday, and he is expected to return to action at first base on Tuesday after Monday's off-day.
Mauer, who went 1-for-3 with a walk on Saturday after missing five games with a stiff back, came in on Sunday feeling good, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. Mauer received treatment after Saturday's game at the team hotel, and Gardenhire is hopeful Mauer's back problem is a thing of the past.
"He actually said he felt really good, but we're doing the DH thing again," Gardenhire said. "By Tuesday, he should be ready to go. But he said he woke up this morning feeling good -- just a little stiff from playing, but that's good. So I think we're moving past that now, and we can get him back on the field on Tuesday."
Top prospect Buxton sent to Minors DL
DETROIT -- Twins top prospect Byron Buxton is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on his left wrist in the next few days after reinjuring it on a slide on Thursday, according to Twins director of Minor League operations Brad Steil.
In the meantime, Buxton was placed on the seven-day Minor League disabled list with a sprained left wrist on Sunday.
Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, originally injured his wrist while diving for a fly ball in center field during a Minor League Spring Training game on March 16. He was diagnosed with a sprained pisotriquetral joint and was shut down for several weeks.
He returned to action in extended spring training on April 26 before being activated from the Minor League disabled list at Class A Advanced Fort Myers on May 4. He hit .150 (3-for-20) with a double, a homer and two RBIs in five games before sustaining the injury on Thursday. He was held out of the lineup on Friday and Saturday, and the Miracle are off on Sunday.
The Twins remain hopeful that the injury is just minor, and the MRI exam will be compared with the one he had in Spring Training after he initially injured his wrist.
Buxton was scheduled to play at Class A Advanced Fort Myers until he was deemed ready to move up to Double-A New Britain, where he was expected to start the season before the injury.
Buxton, 20, hit a combined .334/.424/.520 with 12 homers, 18 triples, 19 doubles, 55 stolen bases, 77 RBIs and 109 runs in 125 games with Class A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers last season.
Wilson claimed off waivers, heading back to Jays
DETROIT -- Minor League outfielder Kenny Wilson is heading back to the Blue Jays.
Wilson, who was claimed off waivers by the Twins from the Blue Jays on April 24, was claimed off waivers by Toronto on Sunday after he was designated for assignment by Minnesota on Friday.
Wilson was removed from the 40-man roster by the Twins to make room for first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee, who had his contract selected from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.
Wilson, 24, hit .195/.327/.268 in 11 games with Double-A New Britain upon being claimed by the Twins. The Blue Jays originally designated him for assignment on April 21 to make room for outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who was also acquired via waivers from the Twins.