05/22 11:44 CDT Twins' Plouffe has concussion, on 7-day DL
Twins' Plouffe has concussion, on 7-day DL
By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins placed third baseman Trevor Plouffe on the
seven-day disabled list with a concussion Wednesday after he was struck in the
head by Dan Uggla's shin while breaking up an attempted double play.
Plouffe was injured in the 10th inning of Tuesday night's 5-4 loss to the
He slammed into Uggla's leg sliding into second base and remained down for a
few minutes before walking slowly to the dugout, holding his head.
During an examination for concussion-related symptoms, Plouffe showed
sensitivity to light. He said he was "feeling better" a day later, but Twins
weren't taking any chances.
"He took a good shot in the head. That's what this rule is for, to protect the
player," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Give him a little bit of a break here
and do what's right. He was a little woozy and that's why there was concern."
The Twins will wait a couple of days before giving Plouffe a concussion impact
test. In the meantime, Minnesota purchased the contract of Chris Colabello from
Triple-A Rochester and started him in right field for Wednesday's series finale
against the Braves. Eduardo Escobar started at third base.
In 2012, Plouffe had a breakout season with 24 homers and 55 RBIs. This year,
the 26-year-old is hitting .254 with four homers and 17 RBIs.
The 30-year-old Colabello leads the International League in home runs (12) and
slugging percentage (.659). He's second in RBIs (39) and third in average
"He's been hitting it, absolutely hitting it out there," Gardenhire said.
"We'll see what he's got. A left-hander on the mound (Atlanta's Paul Maholm), a
good time for a right-hander to be out there. That's what we brought him up
here for, to be a right-handed bat. Go get `em."
Maybe Colabello can bolster an anemic offense. The Twins have scored just 19
runs during a season-high seven-game losing streak.
Associated Press freelance writer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd contributed to this report.
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