6/15/2014 12:48 P.M. ET
Dozier talks his way back into lineup
By Matt Slovin / MLB.com
DETROIT -- After injuring his lower back in Toronto earlier in the week, Minnesota second baseman Brian Dozier talked himself back into the lineup on Sunday. He batted third.
"He's ready to play," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I think he'd be in here fighting right now if he wasn't in the lineup.
"I'm leery of it. I haven't seen him dive for a baseball. I haven't seen him sliding head first. If you ever have back problems, we all know it's not easy to deal with."
Twins place Plouffe on 15-day disabled list
DETROIT -- Before Sunday's series finale against the Tigers, the Twins announced a pair of roster moves.
Third baseman Trevor Plouffe was placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation between the ninth rib and costal cartilage on his left side. He suffered the injury in the third inning of Saturday's game while attempting to make a diving stop.
In a corresponding move, infielder Pedro Florimon was recalled from Triple-A Rochester.
The team originally called the injury to Plouffe an oblique strain.
"It's kind of in the same family, but it's not as severe as an oblique strain," assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "We're hoping it won't take quite as long."
The injuries to Plouffe and Eduardo Nunez, who aggravated his right hamstring after entering as Plouffe's replacement on Saturday, further compound the Twins' injury woes this season.
"It does make it a little more interesting," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of playing shorthanded. "You know you're going to have to every once in a while. Continuous playing short is not good. We want to give ourselves every chance and every option."
Florimon was scheduled to arrive to Comerica Park around game time Sunday.
Nunez out due to right hamstring issue
DETROIT -- While the Twins announced a pair of roster moves on Sunday, placing Trevor Plouffe on the disabled list and recalling Pedro Florimon, another one might be on the way.
Eduardo Nunez, who aggravated his right hamstring during Saturday's loss in Detroit, was held out of the lineup on Sunday. Before the game, he was scheduled to undergo some agility tests to determine the best course of action for his recovery.
Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony didn't rule out a disabled-list stint for Nunez, and manager Ron Gardenhire said it might be the type of injury that takes a week or two to recover from.
But the hope is that Nunez will be good to go in the next day or two.
"He's probably not available [Sunday], but we don't think it's going to be too long," Antony said before the game. "We'll re-evaluate [on Monday]."
Nunez entered Saturday's game as a replacement for Plouffe after Plouffe was injured. Then, in the eighth inning, Nunez hurt the hamstring while beating out an infield single.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.