Plouffe has arm surgery, will be ready for spring

Plouffe has arm surgery, will be ready for spring

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery on his fractured left forearm on Monday but will be ready for Spring Training next year, general manager Terry Ryan said.

Plouffe sustained the injury on Wednesday, when he tried to tag A.J. Pollock as Pollock slid into third base on a stolen-base attempt, with Pollock's knee colliding into Plouffe's left forearm.

The Twins were hopeful Plouffe would avoid surgery, as the initial prognosis on Thursday from Dr. Thomas Varecka was positive. Plouffe tweeted out that he'd avoid surgery and need to wear a cast on his forearm for six to eight weeks.

But the Twins wanted a second opinion, and Plouffe visited the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on Monday. After consulting with doctors, Plouffe underwent the surgery there on Monday.

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