MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor Plouffe has been scratched from the Minnesota Twins' lineup and placed on the disabled list after aggravating a right thumb injury during batting practice before a game against the Cleveland Indians.
Danny Valencia, who was replaced by Plouffe at third base early in the season, is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Saturday. Valencia hit .250 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs since joining Rochester on May 10.
Plouffe, second on the Twins with 19 home runs, is having a breakout season. He homered in four straight games from June 12-15 and was hitting .328 over 17 games before getting hurt.