Trevor Plouffe saw his season come to an end yesterday due to a fractured left forearm, but Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that he could avoid surgery.
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.
Braves manager Brian Snitker is hoping recently-signed starter Dallas Keuchel will make his season debut on Friday when the Braves open a 10-game road trip with a three-game set against the Nationals, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. For now, the Braves have not officially named a starter for Friday.
After spending seven months as a free agent, Keuchel finally inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Braves on June 6. He tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts in his first start with Single-A Rome, then gave up three runs on 11 hits across seven innings for Double-A Mississippi on Saturday.
Last year, his final season with the Astros, Keuchel went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA and a 153/58 K/BB ratio in 204 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old supposedly worried prospective teams due to his declining strikeout rate.
Keuchel is hoping to continue the Braves’ momentum, as the club has won 9 of its last 10 games and is 12-3 overall in June thus far, building up a 2.5-game lead over the Phillies in the NL East.