6/22/2014 3:26 P.M. ET
Plouffe, Nunez on track to return at end of road trip
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Manager Ron Gardenhire expects injured infielders Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Nunez to be ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list once the Twins finish their road trip that runs through June 29.
Plouffe (left rib inflammation) could possibly join the team in Texas at the end of this week to take batting practice and go through workouts in preparation for his return. He did not think a rehab assignment would be necessary.
Nunez (right hamstring strain) is a likely option for a short rehab stint when his injury heals, but Gardenhire expected him to be available when the Twins start their homestand on June 30 against the Royals.
The 27-year-old was placed on the disabled list on Thursday, retroactive to June 15, while Plouffe has been there since June 15, so they're both eligible to return on June 30.
"I don't know if they're even going to need rehab," Gardenhire said. "When we get back from this trip, they should be both ready. Whether they're going to rehab or not, we're not decided yet.
Minnesota currently has 13 pitchers on its active roster, a number that Gardenhire would like to trim.
"You can always go get a pitcher if you need one," he said. "I'd like to have an extra bench guy."
Gardy tossed for arguing balls and strikes
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected by home-plate umpire D.J. Reyburn for arguing balls and strikes during the third inning of Sunday's game against the White Sox.
With Adam Dunn at the plate and one out, Gardenhire was ejected from the dugout by Reyburn and came onto the field to argue with Reyburn after getting thrown out.
The White Sox scored five runs against right-hander Phil Hughes in the third, and Gardenhire didn't seem pleased with Reyburn's strike zone.
It was the second time this season that Gardenhire has been ejected, and the 69th time in his career.
Hicks decides to resume switch-hitting
MINNEAPOLIS -- Aaron Hicks is going back to switch-hitting after all.
Hicks decided to drop switch-hitting on May 26, but after nearly a month of hitting from the right side, he went back to switch-hitting on Saturday while playing in a rehab game with Double-A New Britain, going 2-for-4.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire sounded surprised that Hicks is going back to hitting from the left side of the plate but noted it's Hicks' decision to make.
"It's his career," Gardenhire said. "He's got to decide what's best for him right now."
Hicks, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain, has fared better as a right-handed hitter in his brief big league career. Hicks is a career .238/.350/.416 hitter batting from the right side against left-handed pitching and a career .182/.248/.302 hitter from the left side.
He's also had 99 plate appearances hitting right-handed pitching from the right side, and batted .173/.299/.222 in those situations. Hicks had to deal with offspeed pitches breaking away from him for the first time in his career.
"He basically didn't feel comfortable right on right," Gardenhire said. "That's the explanation."
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that Hicks informed assistant general mangaer Rob Antony of his intention to go back to switch-hitting on Saturday, and that the organization is behind his decision.
"I think it's the right thing to do to support the player," Ryan said. "If he doesn't have any confidence hitting from the right side against right-handed pitchers, there's no sense in forcing the issue. Now he's got to get work on batting from the left side. I'm going to support Aaron Hicks on how he feels most comfortable coming up to the plate. He's still a young man, and there's still a lot of upside."