MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Casey Fien has been a pleasant surprise in the bullpen since being brought up from Triple-A Rochester on July 4.
Fien, who was signed as a Minor League free agent before the season, has a 1.32 ERA in 25 appearances. The former Tigers reliever also has 26 strikeouts and eight walks in 27 1/3 innings without giving up a homer.
He threw two scoreless innings against the Indians on Sunday, and 22 of his 25 outings have been scoreless.
"He takes the ball just about any time you want him to," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He never really says he's sore or anything. He has a rubber arm and wants the ball. He has an above-average fastball and a great slider. He's not afraid to pitch inside so he's kind of one of those attackers."
Parmelee scratched, day to day with sore groin
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Parmelee was a late scratch from the lineup on Monday with right groin soreness and is day to day.
Parmelee, who was slated to start in right field against the Indians, was scratched in favor of Matt Carson, who started in right for the fifth time this year.
Parmelee suffered the injury while running down a line drive in the gap while playing right field in Sunday's 8-7 win over the Indians.
"The ball went through those two [in the outfield] and he felt something," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So he's day to day."
Parmelee has been swinging a hot bat since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 29. He's hitting .349 with three homers and four doubles in 11 games.
Doumit seeing more playing time in left field
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ryan Doumit is still getting accustomed to playing left field but has handled it fine so far, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Doumit, who entered the year with zero big league experience in left, made his 14th start of the season there on Monday night against the Indians.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked that left field isn't exactly Doumit's favorite position but that he's done what he's been asked to do.
"He gets nervous," Gardenhire said with a laugh. "I think it's like catching [Samuel] Deduno for him. He gets nervous out there, too. He pretended like he got a pulled hamstring when I put him in there. So it's funny but it's not funny. He gets worked up playing left field. But he does fine. He runs the ball down and has a strong arm."
Doumit, who has made 452 career starts behind the plate, entered the year with some experience in right field but none in left. He's made 60 career starts in right, including six this season.