Plouffe saw Dr. Thomas Varecka on Thursday, and Plouffe tweeted that he won't need surgery and will just need to wear a cast for six to eight weeks. But Ryan said Plouffe will get a second opinion to make sure he doesn't need surgery. Either way, Ryan said Plouffe will be ready for the start of Spring Training.
"We're going to get a second opinion," Ryan said. "It's just a decision on surgery or not. We'll do that in the very near future. But the break was clean, which is good. Now, it's just a matter of whether he needs surgery."
Plouffe, 28, was one of the club's best hitters this year. He ended the season with a .258/.328/.423 slash line 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.
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