Plouffe isn't ready to return

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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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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