Minnesota Twins' third basemen Trevor Plouffe had to leave last night's game in the eighth inning due to a bruised thumb he suffered in his third at-bat in the top of the seventh. It appeared as if he got jammed by Royals' starter Luke Hochevar on an inside pitch that he fisted right back to the mound.
According to Rhett Bollinger and MLB.com, Plouffe is not concerned with the injury and it is something he has battled for awhile now. He expects to only miss one game.
It starts to make you think though if this has been bothering him for awhile. He says that it is something he has dealt with, but maybe it is more serious. Last night, Plouffe went 0-3, effectively ending his seventeen game hit streak. He has been hitting very well for average as he has hit .302 in the month of July. However, his power numbers seem to be going down. After he went on a stretch of hitting 14 homers in 29 games, he has gone homer-less. As a matter of fact, he has gone 13 games now without going deep. Don't get me wrong, I like that he has been hitting for average, but I'm a tad bit concerned about his lack of power.
Part of the reason why he might not be hitting for power is because people aren't making the same mistakes that they used to. Plouffe seems to be a pretty smart hitter and is adjusting to how people are pitching to him now. If they do make a mistake and hang one, he'll more than likely knock one out, but pitchers are smart too, and they have made adjustments. From what I have seen, pitchers try to pitch away from him and that is why he has been hitting for singles.
Like I said, he's a smart hitter, I just hope that this thumb injury isn't what is holding him back in the power category. Let's see if he can get this thing figured out so he can get back in the lineup to help Josh Willingham knock some more out.
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