MIL@MIN: Arcia slugs a grand slam to deep right field

MINNEAPOLIS -- Oswaldo Arcia was back in the Twins' lineup for Friday night's game against the White Sox at Target Field.

The 21-year-old right fielder had been on the bench the past couple of games, a non-health-related move by manager Ron Gardenhire to try to get his young player out of a 2-for-32 slump.

"You have to show you're getting closer, and he wasn't," Gardenhire said.

Normally a loud presence in the dugout, Arcia has been quieter on the bench during the past two games. Gardenhire said he wanted to irritate Arcia and light a fire under him.

"Hopefully, he'll get back to banging the ball somewhere," Gardenhire said. "When you do that, you have a chance. It's just about slowing everything down, and not trying to hit it a thousand miles. He just needs to get back to shortening his swing a little bit."

Gardenhire also noted that Arcia is still the full-time starter, despite Chris Parmelee's 5-for-10 performance over the past three games. Parmelee will return to a bench role for the foreseeable future.

Arcia's slump extended to 2-for-35 with an 0-for-3 showing in Friday night's 5-4 win, but Arcia lined out hard twice.

Plouffe hopeful for scheduled DL return

MIN@DET: Plouffe hurts left oblique on a dive

MINNEAPOLIS -- Trevor Plouffe said his rib injury is feeling better, and remains hopeful he'll be ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list once he's eligible to return on June 30.

Plouffe was officially diagnosed with inflammation between the ninth rib and the costal cartilage on his left side after diving for a ball on Saturday, and was placed on the DL the next day. He's currently rehabbing at Target Field, and said it's still painful but improving.

"It's not really tender to the touch, but it just hurts on certain movements," Plouffe said. "I'm just rehabbing stuff. I'm doing some treatment on it and some rotational stuff. I'm doing some pool stuff because it's low impact."

To make matters worse, Plouffe experienced the flu after injuring himself, which didn't help his rib injury. But Plouffe hopes to be taking batting practice on the field by next weekend, possibly even in Texas with the Twins on their road trip, and doesn't believe he'll need a rehab assignment.

"I'm thinking 15 days and I could be back," Plouffe said.

Worth noting

• Shortstop prospect Nick Gordon, the fifth overall pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, went 4-for-5 with a double and a walk and scored two runs in his professional debut Thursday night with Rookie-level Elizabethton.

• Third-base prospect Miguel Sano is set to have his three-month checkup on July 7 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in March. The Twins are hopeful he'll be able to start doing light throwing after his checkup, and could serve as a designated hitter in the Minor Leagues in August.