MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite going 0-for-4 in his first rehab game with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, third baseman Trevor Plouffe is on track to make his return to the Twins on Monday.
Plouffe, who is on the disabled list retroactive to July 21 with a bruised right thumb, is scheduled to play again Sunday night. And if all goes to plan, he'll rejoin the Twins before their game against the Tigers on Monday.
"He's ready," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I said I wanted him to face some velocity and he faces a knuckleballer. He'll play today and he will be back tomorrow, if everything goes good."
Plouffe originally jammed his thumb on a swing on July 20. It caused some nerve damage in his thumb, so he's wearing a batting glove with extra padding.
Capps confident MRI will come back clean
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins closer Matt Capps is scheduled to have an MRI exam on his right shoulder on Monday, and if all goes well, he'll play catch for the first time on Wednesday.
Capps has been on the disabled list with right rotator cuff irritation since July 17 and hasn't thrown since. But he's been working on strengthening his shoulder and is optimistic the MRI will come back clean.
"If all goes good, I'm going to start playing catch on Wednesday," Capps said. "Then, from my understanding, every other day for a week, then every day, then off a mound."
Capps added there's no timetable for his return, but that he hopes to be back by early September.
"Barring something drastic or something new, I've got full intentions of pitching in September," Capps said. "Sometime early September I anticipate being back out there. I haven't seen a hard schedule or anything like that, so it's hard for me to say Aug. 30 or Sept. 5 or anything like that. Just early September is when I'm hoping to be back out there."
Revere soon to qualify among batting leaders
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right fielder Ben Revere is set to become eligible for the batting title on Sunday, as he'll finally have enough plate appearances to qualify.
Revere spent a month at Triple-A Rochester, so he entered Sunday's game with 350 plate appearances, which left him just one plate appearance short of qualifying. Players must have 3.1 plate appearances per team game scheduled to be eligible.
If Revere were eligible for the batting title, he'd rank fourth in the American League with a .319 average, which would put him just ahead of Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who entered Sunday hitting .317.
Revere's play has impressed manager Ron Gardenhire, who is happy that Revere will finally qualify for the batting title.
"It's been a pleasure," Gardenhire said. "He's a tough kid. I know he walks around this place with a smile on his face all the time, and we love that part of it, but he's pretty tough. He doesn't back away from people. He got knocked down the other day and he stepped right back in there, and I like that. He attacks them. He's been a good player for us this year, and we thought he would."