MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe was placed on paternity leave Wednesday, and shortstop Jorge Polanco was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take his spot on the roster.
Plouffe -- who went 2-for-5 in Tuesday's 8-7 loss to the Pirates -- and his wife, Olivia, were expecting their first child Wednesday morning. Plouffe can be on the paternity list for a maximum of three days, so he'll rejoin the Twins on Saturday at the latest.
Polanco, ranked as the No. 89 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, gets the call after hitting .284/.309/.352 with six doubles, six RBIs and a stolen base in 22 games at Triple-A. The 22-year-old also hit .301/.347/.409 with four homers, 14 doubles and 14 stolen bases in 67 games at Double-A Chattanooga.
It's the third time Polanco has been called up in his career, and he's hit .333 with a double, a triple and two walks in six career games with the Twins. He gives the club some infield flexibility, as they can continue to give rookie third baseman Miguel Sano's right ankle a rest if they decide to keep him at designated hitter. If Sano remains at DH in Plouffe's absence, Polanco could start at shortstop with Eduardo Escobar and Eduardo Nunez splitting time at third.
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