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Twins: Injury updates on Plouffe, Gibson, Wimmers and Buxton

Twins' third baseman Trevor Plouffe is "optimistic" that a jammed thumb won't put on the disabled list. He'll take more swings on Thursday and possibly face live pitching for the first time since suffering the injury last Friday. More injury and rehab updates on Byron Buxton, Kyle Gibson and Alex Wimmers after the jump.
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