Doumit returns to lineup as designated hitter

Doumit returns to lineup as designated hitter

Doumit returns to lineup as designated hitter
CHICAGO -- Ryan Doumit returned to the Twins' starting lineup for the first time since May 16 on Tuesday against the White Sox, batting sixth as the designated hitter.

Doumit, who has been dealing with a strained right calf, pinch-hit Saturday in Milwaukee but was lifted for a pinch-runner after drawing a walk.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Doumit felt great and even caught a bullpen session earlier in the day, but Gardenhire cautioned him to take it easy on the basepaths.

"Let's get by the first few days here and see how his calf reacts to that," Gardenhire said. "But he feels good and it's nice to see him back in there."