Plouffe suffered the injury when the Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock slid into his arm while stealing third base. He already saw one specialist today, who said that surgery wasn’t necessary and that he only needs to wear a cast for 6-8 weeks. However, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he’ll get a second opinion before a final decision is made. Either way, the expectation is that he’ll be ready by spring training.
Plouffe had a solid season this year, batting .258/.328/.423 with 14 home runs and 80 RBI over 136 games while providing a quality glove at third base. He’ll continue to hold down third base until top prospect Miguel Sano is healthy and ready for the big leagues.