04/08/12 2:00 PM ET
Twins juggle lineup in finale with O's
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he made the decision to start Burroughs and Hughes against Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel because he wants to give everyone playing time early in the season. Trevor Plouffe is the lone bench player who hasn't made a start this year. But he's expected to be in the lineup in the home opener on Monday, with Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson set to take the mound.
"Everybody's going to play," Gardenhire said. "We're mixing it up as best we can. We've got Opening Day [at Target Field on Monday], and that's going to be our lineup as best we can. But we've got a left-hander going. So if I don't play Burroughs against this right-hander, I'm not going to play him [on Monday]. That'll be like five days before he gets into the lineup. We can't leave guys on the bench. You kind of think ahead here."
Gardenhire made it clear that he wasn't benching Valencia after a rough game on Saturday, when he went 0-for-4 at the plate and had a ball hit off his glove down the line that ended up being a key double.
"It wasn't easy plays [on Saturday]," Gardenhire said. "The backhand down the line was hit hard. But the thing you have to understand is that he's worked hard at it. But there's times he gets lazy, and he gets flat-footed. But you can't take a pitch or a ball off. ... I still think he's working his tail off. I like the kid. But it's a process."
Hendriks remains hospitalized
BALTIMORE -- Twins rookie right-hander Liam Hendriks remained in the hospital with food poisoning on Sunday. He is expected to remain there overnight before being released early Monday.
Hendriks, who was scheduled to start Sunday's game against the Orioles, was admitted to the hospital on Saturday. Right-hander Anthony Swarzak made the start in his place.
"They are talking about keeping him another night," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Terry [Ryan] talked to him and told him, 'If you're feeling fine and you want to try to make our flight back, you're the only person that can get [you] out of the hospital.' Our doctors are talking to their doctors, but they're talking about keeping him an extra night. They don't think it would be a good idea to get on an airplane."
Gardenhire said the other problem will be figuring out when to slot Hendriks back into the rotation, as he's lost weight and hasn't thrown a baseball since Friday.
"We have to make sure he's going to be OK strength-wise before we get him back out there," Gardenhire said. "He hasn't touched a baseball in a few days. ... plus, he's been pretty sick. He's going to have weight loss, the whole package. So we're just going to have to figure that out as we go."
Gardenhire said that if Hendriks isn't ready to rejoin the rotation in five days, Swarzak would stay in the rotation in his place.
Doumit gets first start at catcher
BALTIMORE -- Ryan Doumit made his first start behind the plate with the Twins, while Joe Mauer started at first base on Sunday against the Orioles.
The Twins have an interesting roster situation, as both Doumit and Mauer are expected to see time in the field when not catching. But the club doesn't have a third catcher. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Luke Hughes is the emergency catcher, as he even caught bullpen sessions during Friday's game against the Orioles.
The Twins are looking into possibly bringing in another bullpen catcher to go along with Nate Dammann, as they don't want to have to bring Hughes over to catch bullpens during games.
"You're limiting yourselves even with one guy in the bullpen," Gardenhire said. "We've got some issues we're still trying to work our way through. We may even add another bullpen catcher. We talked about it in Spring Training in case we went this way."
Gardenhire, though, said he likes what he saw from Doumit defensively during Spring Training, and feels comfortable using him as the backup catcher behind Mauer.
"We gave him an opportunity to work with all the pitchers," Gardenhire said. "He caught just about everybody. He caught a lot of bullpens. So I like him. I like the way he goes about it. He calls a good ballgame. I like the way he throws it."