Plouffe will play third base and bat second Monday against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays are giving Evan Longoria a day out of the field by deploying him as the designated hitter, so Plouffe will check into the lineup at the hot corner while Logan Morrison shuttles to the bench. Plouffe has struggled on the whole this season, but he owns a respectable .268/.343/.449 line against left-handers, which could make him a decent punt play Monday versus Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia.
Plouffe was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Plouffe will rejoin the big club in time to face his old club, the Twins. He's posted a .227/.357/.273 line over seven games since being dropped to Durham. Given his struggles at the big-league level this season -- he's slashing .204/.274/.325 in 89 games between the A's and Rays -- not much should be expected from Plouffe down the stretch.
Plouffe is expected to rejoin the Rays from Triple-A Durham in the coming days, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The veteran slugger has been with the Bulls since Aug. 26, posting a .227/.357/.273 line with a double and one RBI over seven games. Plouffe has struggled at the big-league level with both the Athletics and Rays this season, so fantasy expectations should be tempered, to say the least.
Plouffe was designated for assignment Tuesday. Plouffe receives the news of his designation for assignment after getting off to a 3-for-17 start at the plate during the month of August. The 31-year-old is hitting just .204 on the season and will likely report to Triple-A Durham if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Plouffe went 2-for-4 with a double and a run in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Astros. It's been a rough season overall for the veteran infielder, whether in an Athletics or Rays uniform. However, he's now put together a modest three-game hitting streak, although Wednesday's double was his first extra-base hit during that stretch. Plouffe's bat still carries some pop, but the uncertainty of his playing time neutralizes his already modest fantasy value. Although the 31-year-old can play both corner infield spots, the recent addition of Lucas Duda caps Plouffe's potential opportunity that much further.
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