05/27/12 1:55 PM ET
Doumit returns to lineup as DH for finale
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Doumit suffered a strained calf on May 16 but was able to appear as a pinch-hitter on May 19 before making back-to-back starts as DH on Tuesday and Wednesday against the White Sox.
He was out of the lineup for precautionary reasons the last few days, as the Twins wanted him to work on catching drills in the bullpen.
"He was champing at the bit to get back out there," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's done everything. He's caught bullpens. He's blocked balls. He's thrown to the bases. Yesterday, he was probably expecting to get back in there but I wanted to give him the extra day."
Twins recall Manship; Komatsu designated
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins recalled Jeff Manship from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, and designated outfielder Erik Komatsu for assignment to make room for the right-hander on the roster.
Manship, 27, posted a 3.08 ERA in 12 games with the Red Wings, including four starts. He struck out 25 and walked 15 in 38 innings.
The move gives the Twins 13 pitchers, which Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said was necessary because of recent overuse of his relievers with starters struggling to go deep in games.
"We needed pitching," Gardenhire said. "We had to have another pitcher because our bullpen is depleted. And Manship has been pitching well. He's been extended out and has been starting."
Manship was scheduled to start with Rochester on Sunday but was told by Red Wings manager Gene Glynn on Saturday that he would be headed to Minnesota. He is expected to be used in long relief, although Gardenhire wouldn't rule out the possibility of him making a spot start at some point.
"I'm definitely confident," said Manship, who has a career 5.63 ERA in 64 innings with the Twins. "My arm can handle multiple innings, which is good. I'm glad to see that I was able to go seven innings in my last outing. My arm has bounced back from last year, which is good."
Komatsu, meanwhile, didn't see much action with the Twins, batting .219 in 15 games, with his last start in the outfield coming on May 16.
Komatsu was acquired by the Twins via waivers from the Cardinals on May 4 after he was designated for assignment. He's a Rule 5 Draft pick from the Nationals, so if a team selects him off waivers from the Twins, they must keep him on their active roster all season or offer him back to Washington.
But if Komatsu clears waivers, the Nationals can take him back for $25,000, which Gardenhire expects them to do if that situation arises.
"We would have the ability to try to work something out, but I don't think that's going to happen," Gardenhire said. "Washington is probably going to take him back. So he's been traveling a little bit. It's a tough situation for the kid, but he needs to play."
Swarzak expected to be available Monday
MINNEAPOLIS -- After staying home with flu-like symptoms on Saturday, right-hander Anthony Swarzak rejoined the Twins at Target Field on Sunday.
Swarzak battled those symptoms during his spot start against the Tigers on Friday, when he allowed six runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings.
He was moved back to the bullpen after that outing, and is expected to be ready to pitch in long relief by Monday or Tuesday.
"We'll have Swarzy back here in a day or so," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll have some flexibility."
Swarzak has fared well as a reliever, posting a 3.06 ERA in 17 2/3 innings, but he has struggled as a starter, with an 8.34 ERA in 18 1/3 innings.