Right-hander Carl Pavano, who has been dealing with a strain in the front of his throwing shoulder, will start Saturday in Minnesota, giving the righty two extra days of rest.
With Nick Blackburn on the disabled list with a left quad strain, Francisco Liriano in the bullpen and left-hander Jason Marquis designated for assignment Tuesday, Pavano now is the only starter remaining from Minnesota's Opening Day rotation.
Because of the various injuries and overall lack of execution, Gardenhire said he's willing to give youngsters like De Vries, Swarzak and right-hander P.J. Walters, Tuesday's starter, a shot in the rotation.
"We've had some injuries that hurt us out of the spring, but other guys have been scuffling, so you try to make adjustments as best as you possibly can," Gardenhire said. "Just have to ad lib and hopefully we'll have enough depth. Some guys have stepped up and thrown the ball well. It's not what you plan, that's the game. It doesn't always work out that way. You have to be able to ad lib and adjust a little bit and that's what we're trying to do."