8/17/2013 1:11 A.M. ET
Twins activate Doumit, option Colabello
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins activated catcher Ryan Doumit from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday and optioned first baseman Chris Colabello to Triple-A Rochester to make room for him on the roster. Doumit also made his return to the lineup, starting at designated hitter and batting fifth against the White Sox.
Doumit sustained a concussion when he took a foul tip off his facemask on Aug. 4, and he was placed on the DL on Aug. 8 with concussion-like symptoms. Doumit tried to catch against the Royals on Aug. 7 but left the game with nausea.
But Doumit caught a bullpen and took batting practice at Target Field without any issues on Wednesday, and he passed an ImPACT concussion test. The paperwork from the test was sent to Major League Baseball and it was approved by the league as part of MLB's concussion policy.
"It's nice to get Doumit back because he's been champing at the bit to get back here," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He did everything yesterday from blocking balls in the dirt, bullpen sessions, taking BP and running around the bases. So he feels great."
Doumit finished Friday night's 5-2 loss with a single in four at-bats.
Colabello, meanwhile, was hitting well recently, having batted .288/.403/.538 with four homers and seven RBIs over his previous 17 games, dating to July 25. But Colabello was a victim of a numbers crunch, as Doumit will now serve as the primary designated hitter while Justin Morneau plays every day at first base.
Colabello also saw some time in right field, but the Twins opted to keep Wilkin Ramirez and Chris Herrmann on the roster because both are more experienced in the outfield. Ramirez, who is out of Minor League options, is the club's lone backup center fielder to Clete Thomas, while Herrmann adds versatility with his ability to catch and play both left field and right.
"The move with Colabello weighed on my mind more than anything else," Gardenhire said. "I like having Colabello here. It was a tough decision. It came down to what we needed on our bench with Doumit coming back and it's real important to have a third catcher here."
Arcia sits with sore wrist; Ramirez gets start
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookie outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, who has been swinging a hot bat in August, was held out of the lineup with a sore wrist on Friday against the White Sox.
But Arcia felt good enough to serve as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the Twins' 5-2 loss, popping out to third base against reliever Nate Jones with two runners on base.
Wilkin Ramirez, who was activated on Monday after a lengthy stay on the disabled list after sustaining a concussion on May 25, made the start in right field in Arcia's absence. It was Ramirez's first start since coming off the DL.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he believes the wrist injury is minor, as he wasn't even sure how Arcia injured himself. The timing also worked out with left-handers Jose Quintana and Chris Sale pitching for the White Sox on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
"We'll give him a break today and see where we are tomorrow," Gardenhire said. "We have a couple of tough lefties the next few days, so this gives me a chance to get Ramirez in there. I had to get Ramirez in a game, so this makes it easier on me."
Arcia, 22, began Friday in the midst of a career-high nine-game hitting streak. The left-handed hitter has nine extra-base hits in August, and his .596 slugging percentage this month is the eighth-best mark in the American League.
Gardy sad to see Manuel let go by Phillies
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire's last manager during his playing days was Charlie Manuel, so he was disappointed to hear the news that the Phillies replaced the long-time skipper on Friday.
Gardenhire was managed by Manuel while playing for Triple-A Portland in 1987, and said he plans to reach out to Manuel in the next few days. Manuel leaves Philadelphia as the organization's winningest manager. and led it to the World Series title in 2008.
"I'll give him a day or two and then I'll give him a phone call here," Gardenhire said. "He was my last manager as a player, so I had a lot of fun with him and have a lot of respect for him."
Gardenhire, who like Manuel is in the last year of his contract, said that he doesn't believe the news has any bearing on his own job status with the Twins.
"It doesn't affect me at all," Gardenhire said. "I've got mine, and he's got his. We'll deal with it at the end of the year, just like I've talked with the Pohlads and I've talked with Terry [Ryan]. Everything will be talked about at the end of the year -- the right thing for this organization, for myself and for Terry."
Gardenhire added that he remains happy in Minnesota, and hopes to keep managing the Twins beyond this season. He's currently the second-longest tenured manager in the big leagues behind Angels skipper Mike Scioscia.
"This is my 12th year and it doesn't get much better than that," Gardenhire said. "Managers just don't stay in places like that. I feel like I've been blessed. I'm lucky. I'm not going to sit here, if this is my last year, and mope. If it is my last year in Minnesota, I'm going to enjoy the heck out of it.
"I'd like to win a lot more games, and I'm hoping we finish off really good here. I like these guys out here. We're having some fun. I have fun with these guys in this clubhouse and on the bench. They're trying hard, and I see some really good things coming."