Doumit gets first start at catcher

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."