SEATTLE -- Even though Orlando Hudson was not available off the bench for Tuesday's contest, the Twins had one additional infielder. Matt Tolbert flew to Seattle from Rochester, N.Y., after Alexi Casilla was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bone spur in his right elbow. Tolbert was not in the lineup, but he'll serve as the utility infielder off the Twins' bench.
The addition of Tolbert and the fact the club was facing a left-hander prompted Gardenhire to move Michael Cuddyer back to his usual position in right field. Nick Punto got the start at second base and Brendan Harris was given the nod at third base.
Harris has hit just .170 in 88 at-bats so far this season. But while his bat has not been as productive as previous seasons, Gardenhire believes that things will turn around for the infielder.
"Harry is here because he can hit," Gardenhire said. "He's hit a lot of hard balls at people. When you don't have that many at-bats, if you change a few of those into hits, his numbers are going to look a little bit different. You just keep running him out there. He works his tail off. He needs to be in the lineup."