7/21/2013 8:13 P.M. ET
With Herrmann at backup catcher, Doumit will play right
By Rhett Bollinger and Kelly Erickson / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Herrmann made his first start behind the plate on Sunday since being recalled from Triple-A Rochester, and is expected to see more time as Joe Mauer's backup.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Ryan Doumit will be the club's regular right fielder with Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Parmelee both at Triple-A Rochester, which will give Herrmann more opportunities at catcher.
"Herrmann does a good job behind there, and I like Doumit in right field," Gardenhire said. "[Doumit] is able to go out there, because we don't have him in the catching role, so he's doing all of his work out there. It's just easier for him to relax out there, because it's easier than catching, which beats you up a little bit."
Gardenhire added that Doumit will still see time at catcher, but simply has more experience in right field than Herrmann. Herrmann has played 180 career games in left and 17 in right, while catching 231 games over five seasons in the Minors.
"He's going to catch," Gardenhire said of Doumit. "I don't want him to get away from that, but I want as many left-handed bats as I can in there. And he's more comfortable in right field than Herrmann. My other option is to put Herrmann in right field, but he hasn't played there, so I want to give him more time to work out there."
Dealing with bug, Gardy hands off duties Sunday
MINNEAPOLIS -- After leaving Saturday night's 3-2 win at Target Field early due to the stomach flu, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire spent Sunday's 7-1 loss in his office, and handed over managing duties to bench coach Terry Steinbach.
The Twins skipper met with the media on Sunday morning and noted that he was still feeling under the weather and hadn't eaten anything recently. At the time, he was unsure about whether he would be in the dugout for the game.
Gardenhire left Saturday's contest during the fifth inning and missed seeing Chris Colabello's first career RBI -- a game-tying run in the sixth -- in person.
"Well, I had an IV in my arm and I had monitors on me, so it was wonderful," Gardenhire said. "My heart rate went up. They almost put me in an ambulance when he got the hit. It was actually really nice to see."
• Left fielder Josh Willingham, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on July 3, is about a week away from baseball activities, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. There's still no official timetable for his return, and he'll need to go on a rehab assignment once he's healthy.
• Right-hander Nick Blackburn was promoted from Double-A New Britain to Triple-A Rochester and is expected to make his first start there on Tuesday. Blackburn is coming off wrist surgery and has made five starts this year in the Minors, posting a 3.80 ERA between the Gulf Coast League Twins and Double-A.
• Right-hander Vance Worley was placed on the 7-day Minor League disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Worley is expected to miss his next couple of starts and flew to Florida to rehab his shoulder at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers.
• Outfielder Wilkin Ramirez, on the 7-day disabled list since May 26 with concussion-like symptoms, has resumed light workouts at Target Field, as his headaches are starting to go away. But there's still no timetable for Ramirez, who will go on a second rehab assignment once he's declared healthy.
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Kelly Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.