FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he plans on using Ryan Doumit as his primary designated hitter this season.
Doumit, who was signed this offseason after playing the last seven years with the Pirates, is also expected to see time at catcher, right field and first base.
"I look at the DH more for Doumit than I do anything else right now," Gardenhire said. "I want to keep his bat in there right now. If we started today, Doumit would be my DH. But there's always options of putting Doumit behind the plate and having somebody else DH."
Gardenhire did add that he plans on using the DH role for Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau when they need breaks from playing the field.
"I'm going to use it kind of like a roving thing, but ultimately, I think Doumit, I plan on him being the DH more times than not," Gardenhire said. "Maybe a little spot play in the outfield. But I'm going to use it to protect Mauer and Morneau too and give them their days. That's the great thing about it, I finally got that guy who is multipositioned, who also catches. I've kind of been wanting that for a few years around here. It's good to have him here."
Good news for Hughes: Shoulder just inflamed
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins infielder Luke Hughes received welcome news on Wednesday, as a second opinion by Dr. Lewis Yocum on an MRI exam taken on Hughes' strained right shoulder found only inflammation.
Hughes, who injured his shoulder earlier this month in a home-plate collision in his native Australia, received a cortisone shot in his shoulder on Wednesday. He's expected to rest for a few days before returning to baseball activity next week.
"He had the same deduction that our people had," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said of the second opinion by Yocum. "It takes a couple of days [to rest after the shot]. I've had many of those."
Hughes is hoping to be ready to go once Grapefruit League play opens on March 3. It's an important Spring Training for him, considering he's out of Minor League options. He's competing for a backup-infielder role, along with Tsuyoshi Nishioka and non-roster invitees Brian Dozier and Sean Burroughs.
Willingham, Burroughs latest Twins to arrive
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Two more Twins showed up to camp on Wednesday, as Josh Willingham and Sean Burroughs made their first appearances at the Lee County Sports Complex.
With Willingham and Burroughs in camp, only first baseman Justin Morneau and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia have yet to show before Thursday's official report date. Full workouts begin for position players on Friday.
"I'm excited," Willingham said. "The weather is great down here, so I'm ready to get rolling. I got a chance to meet most of the guys at TwinsFest, but that's it. So I look forward to getting to know guys and developing relationships and camaraderie."
Burroughs, who played in 78 games with the D-backs last season after being out of the Majors four years battling substance abuse, is expected to compete for a backup infielder role as a non-roster invitee. "I'm going show up and play hard, do what they want me to do," Burroughs said. "I think I'll have more versatility this year playing different positions, and I'll try to fill in at different spots. I'll just go out there and compete. It's a fun time of the season right now, just showing up and meeting new teammates and smelling that fresh-cut grass. I'm looking forward to it."