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Gardenhire wants Plouffe playing every day

Trevor Plouffe has torn apart minor league pitching this week in spring training. The 25 year old is still fighting for a big league roster spot, but he'll need big league at-bats to earn a job. He's expected to return to the Twins split squad lineup on Friday.
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Trevor Plouffe has torn apart minor league pitching this week in spring training. The 25 year old is still fighting for a big league roster spot, but he'll need big league at-bats to earn a job. He's expected to return to the Twins split squad lineup on Friday.

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Twins' third baseman Trevor Plouffe is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but he won't be joining the team anytime soon. A bruised bone in his right thumb still causes him pain when swings a bat, and it doesn't sound like he'll be ready until at least late next week.

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