The injuries keep piling up and the new faces keep rolling into the Twins’ clubhouse. This week the Twins have seen two more players hit the diabaled list, Jim Thome and Jason Repko. The first name there being the more important one obviously. To replace those two players, the Twins called up shortstop Trevor Plouffe and outfielder Ben Revere. Both have big-league experience with the Twins in the past and both have been hitting pretty well at Rochester. Although, it took Rene Tosoni being promoted to get Revere going. Trevor Plouffe has been Rochester’s best hitter so far this season, posting a .282/.344/.590 slash line. He has hit six home runs as well. And reports say he has been playing the best defense of his career at shortstop.
Ron Gardenhire made it sound like he was going to give Plouffe plenty of opportunities to show he belongs, too. And with the way the middle infield has been for the Twins so far, I say have at it Plouffe. He cannot be worst than Alexi Casilla has been so far. Plouffe was a first-round pick seven years ago and now it is time for the 25 year old to show the Twins he can keep his head above water at this level. If he struggles I doubt he will get many more chances, as this is about the best opportunity he could ask for. He showed so far in Triple-A that he was the guy who should get the call if needed and now I am really looking forward to seeing how he handles himself when Gardy throws him out there.
Ben Revere was passed up last week as the replacement for Delmon Young when Rene Tosoni was called up. Revere then went on a hitting tear, going 10 for his next 25 and showing the Twins that maybe he should have gotten the call after all. I wonder how much playing time he will receive over the next few days or week. It could be interesting, also, to see who the Twins send back to Rochester when Young is healthy. Perhaps Revere will spell Denard Span in center some time this week. I like the addition of Revere’s speed and would love to see him hit second behind Span if he were to get some starts in left. It could be a very nice one-two punch at the top of the order.
The other roster move made by the Twins was the demotion of catcher Steve Holm. He was optioned back to Rochester after Wednesday’s game in Chicago. The Twins haven’t decided who will join the club but it should be between Rene Rivera and Danny Lehmann. This move is not really an issue to me, because pretty much any warm body could do better than the duo of Holm and Drew Butera at this point. This move just makes the trade of Jose Morales look even worse because I would kill to see him on this roster right now!
The new additions could be interesting to watch, but to me it kind of sucks that we are watching “prospects” at this point in the season, especially because this team was supposed to contend for another AL Central crown.