BOSTON -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected by home-plate umpire Joe West for arguing about a called foul tip in the top of the ninth inning of Monday's 2-1 loss in 11 innings to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Third baseman Danny Valencia was facing closer Jonathan Papelbon with no outs and the scored tied, when on a 1-1 count, Papelbon threw a high and inside fastball that West ruled was a foul tip off the bat of Valencia.
Valencia, though, argued it didn't hit his bat and Gardenhire came out to argue, but was swiftly tossed by West, even though replays showed the ball never hit Valencia's bat. Valencia later popped up to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for the first out of the frame.
Gardenhire said he was simply told by West to stay away from the batter's box and when he got too close to West he was thrown out for arguing.
"That's pretty much it," Gardenhire said. "He didn't want me to come onto his dirt."
It marked the second time this season Gardenhire was ejected and the 54th time in his career. He was tossed earlier this season on April 18 in Baltimore, when home-plate umpire Chris Guccione threw him out for arguing a called third strike against Jason Kubel.
Plouffe to have MRI on aching hamstring
BOSTON -- Shortstop Trevor Plouffe, who felt tightness in his left hamstring while scoring from second base in the eighth inning of Sunday's 9-5 loss, is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of his hamstring strain.
Plouffe was held out of the starting lineup Monday night in favor of Matt Tolbert, but Twins trainer Dave Pruemer said the club is hopeful Plouffe's injury is minor.
"He's a little bit sore like we expected," Pruemer said. "It's nothing real major."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, however, said that if the injury shows that he'll be out for several days, he'll opt to place him on the disabled list, as the club is lacking depth with so many injuries and can't afford to have Plouffe unavailable on the bench.
"I think the discussion is an MRI tomorrow just to make sure," Gardenhire said. "If there's something there -- if it's a pulled hamstring, I think it'd show it -- then we'd make a move."
Plouffe, though, sounded confident that he can return quickly, but said the key will be simply being honest with team doctors.
"We got some good treatment on it today and it's definitely sore, but the strength is there," Plouffe said. "I'm being honest, and that's all you can be."
Thome heads south to get in rehab work
BOSTON -- Designated hitter Jim Thome flew to Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday to begin his rehab work at the Twins' Spring Training complex. Thome went to Fort Myers in order to avoid the rainy forecast this week in Minneapolis.
"We didn't think with the weather up there that he'd get much work in Minnesota," Twins trainer Dave Pruemer said. "So we sent him to Florida."
Thome, whose MRI on Saturday showed a minor back strain, could see playing time in a rehab game later this week.
He's eligible to be activated from the disabled list on April 16, and Pruemer said the training staff is hopeful he could be ready to return by then.
Young improving, others work way back
BOSTON -- Twins trainer Dave Pruemer gave another rundown on Monday of the long list of the club's injured players.
Left fielder Delmon Young, who is on the disabled list with a strained left oblique, participated in a full workout at the team's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., and is still on track to play in his first rehab game on Tuesday as a designated hitter.
Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka is also in Florida and is still scheduled to have another X-ray on his broken left fibula later this week. The tenderness in his lower left leg has begun to subside and he is getting closer to starting baserunning drills.
Outfielder Jason Repko, on the DL with a strained right hamstring, and catcher Joe Mauer are also still training back at Target Field.
Repko is expected to remain up there for the time being, as unlike Jim Thome, he can get his work done despite the projected rainy weather in Minneapolis this week.
Mauer, meanwhile, is still using the underwater treadmill at Target Field as he tries to build strength in his legs. But once he gets past that part of his routine, he's expected to head to Florida to participate in rehab games. There's still no timetable for when that will be.
"He's using [the treadmill] a lot because it's part of his routine now," Pruemer said. "But once he gets away from that, we'll be closer."
Casilla given a day off to clear head
BOSTON -- Twins infielder Alexi Casilla, who has struggled this season with a .177 batting average and five errors in 27 games, was not in the starting lineup Monday so that he could get a day to clear his head, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Luke Hughes started in his place at second base with right-hander Josh Beckett on the mound for the Red Sox.
"It's a mental break," Gardenhire said. "I mean, I just wanted to play Hughsie and get his bat in there. This guy is a fastball guy, and he's got a great fastball, and Hughsie hits a fastball. So we'll give Alexi a little break, too."
Casilla didn't have a full night off, though, as he entered in the eighth inning as a pinch-runner for Jason Kubel and stole second base, but was stranded when Justin Morneau struck out to end the inning. He also batted in a key situation in the 10th with two runners on and two out, but grounded out to third base to end the scoring threat.