Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 7/27/12
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MINNEAPOLIS The Twins placed Trevor Plouffe on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, retroactive to July 21. The third baseman has been suffering from a bruised right thumb and attempted to return for Friday's game before ultimately being placed on the disabled list.To replace Plouffe, the Twins called up Danny Valencia from Triple-A, where he's played since May 9. He's batted .250 with 7 home runs and 37 RBI this season in Rochester, a marked improvement over his .190 average in the major leagues this year. Valencia will be in uniform for Saturday night's game against Cleveland at Target Field.Twins general manager Terry Ryan said promoting Valencia was a natural move, especially after the third baseman spent most of 2010 and all of 2011 in the majors. However, Ryan was realistic about Valencia's performance in Triple-A, saying that he played "OK." Valencia's play might not have been indicative of his overall improvement, Ryan said, reflecting his unhappiness with returning to the m...
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