MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have placed third baseman Trevor Plouffe on the disabled list because of a broken left rib. He'll likely miss more than a month.

Plouffe was hit by a pitch Wednesday at Chicago and played the next two games, going 3 for 4 with a home run Friday against Texas. The pain flared up over the weekend and he was scratched from the lineup Sunday.

The move was made Monday before the Twins hosted Oakland, and first baseman Kennys Vargas was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to fill in. Plouffe had an earlier stint on the DL for a strained muscle on his right side.

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