Plouffe makes major league debut

MINNEAPOLIS -- Shortstop Trevor Plouffe is making his major league debut for the Minnesota Twins.

Plouffe was recalled from Triple-A Rochester and batting eighth in the lineup for Friday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Drafted in the first round by the Twins in 2004, Plouffe was hitting .303 with 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 21 RBIs in 38 games with the Red Wings. He's the latest player to fill in for regular shortstop J.J. Hardy, who is on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left wrist.

Hardy hoped to play against the Brewers, his former team, but is still feeling pain when he swings.

The Twins are short-handed, with backup infielder Alexi Casilla set to have an MRI exam on his right elbow.