Twins set second opinion for Plouffe's arm fracture

Expected to be ready by spring, third baseman unlikely to need surgery

Twins set second opinion for Plouffe's arm fracture

DETROIT -- Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe will get a second opinion on his fractured left forearm on Monday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Plouffe, who sustained the injury on Wednesday as he tried to tag Arizona's A.J. Pollock on a slide into third base, saw Dr. Thomas Varecka in Minnesota on Thursday. Plouffe was told he won't need surgery and will need to wear a cast for six to eight weeks, but the Twins want to get a second opinion just in case.

The Twins remain hopeful Plouffe won't need surgery, but even if he does, they expect him to be ready for the start of next season.

"We'll get him evaluated on Monday and go from there," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said.

Plouffe, 28, finished 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.

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