Plouffe held out of Twins' lineup against KC

Plouffe held out of Twins' lineup against KC

Plouffe held out of Twins' lineup against KC
KANSAS CITY -- A day after bruising his right thumb swinging the bat, Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe was held out of the lineup against the Royals on Saturday.

Jamey Carroll started at third base in his place, but manager Ron Gardenhire said Plouffe's thumb is feeling good enough that he could be used if necessary.

"He's not starting, but in an emergency we could probably put him in the infield somewhere," Gardenhire said. "I don't think he'll be swinging too awful much today."

Plouffe injured his thumb in the seventh inning of Saturday's game when he was jammed on an inside pitch from Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar. He's still considered day to day.