|Jorge Polanco was|
used as a pinch-hitter
in the ninth inning
a walk and scoring a run.
Not that Polanco is likely to stick. Trevor Plouffe is expected to come off the disabled list this weekend, maybe even as soon as today. Polanco got the hurry-up call because
- Wednesday's injury to Danny Santana left the Twins without a reserve infielder; and
- Polanco is on the 40-man roster, so the Twins didn't have to waive somebody to get an infielder for a short-term stint.
To make room on the 25-man roster, Yohan Pino was optioned out to Rochester one day after a too-short start. Presumably Sam Deduno will get the ball Monday when that rotation spot comes up again.
As for Polanco: I saw him play several games last year for low-A Cedar Rapids. I'm not convinced he's a shortstop, and I'm quite sure he's not really ready to play in the majors, but I think he's going to have a major league career.
I know this: I like Polanco's future a great deal more than Pedro Florimon's present. I understand why Florimon started Thursday with Polanco in the dugout, but I would 10 times rather see Polanco than Florimon.