MINNEAPOLIS -- Third baseman Danny Valencia, who played in a team-leading 154 games last season, was on the bench for the third time this season in favor of Sean Burroughs on Wednesday.
Valencia has struggled at the plate in the early going, hitting .210 with a homer and seven RBIs in 16 games.
Manager Ron Gardenhire said he's not benching Valencia as punishment for a slow start, as he's actually been fine with Valencia's defense so far this year.
"Danny is doing moving a lot better over and doing a lot better," Gardenhire said. "He's really working hard. Sean knows how to play out there, also. Every time I've put him out there, he's been moving around just fine."
Burroughs hasn't played much this year, as he made just his third start of the season at third base. He entered Wednesday's game hitting .182 in 11 at-bats.