Plouffe to miss rest of season with forearm fracture

Third baseman injured applying tag on stolen base attempt

Plouffe to miss rest of season with forearm fracture

MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor Plouffe's 2014 season came to an end on Wednesday, as he sustained a fractured left forearm in the sixth inning of the Twins' 2-1 win over the D-backs.

The injury occurred when Plouffe attempted to tag A.J. Pollock as he slid into third base as part of a double steal with nobody out. Pollock's knee collided with Plouffe's forearm.

"It was a kind of a weird play," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They were stealing and he goes to make the tag and ends up breaking his arm. He's seeing Dr. [Thomas] Varecka tomorrow. They'll kind of decide which route they're going."

Plouffe immediately left the game and was replaced at third base by Eduardo Nunez. The D-backs scored after the double steal on a sacrifice fly to left field from David Peralta.

Plouffe, 28, was one of the club's best hitters this season. He walked twice and added a sacrifice fly in the second before sustaining the injury. He finishes the year hitting .258/.328/.423 with 14 homers, 40 doubles and 80 RBIs in 136 games. He became the first Twins third baseman in franchise history to record 40 doubles in a season.

"He had a heck of a year for us," Gardenhire said. "He did what you hope a guy who has been around here does. You want him to kinda settle down and play the game, and he did that for us all year."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.