Doumit might catch on Thursday

Doumit might catch on Thursday

CHICAGO -- Ryan Doumit was the Twins designated hitter for the second straight day on Wednesday, and manager Ron Gardenhire said Doumit could return behind the plate in Thursday's series finale.

With Thursday's night game against the White Sox, the Twins likely won't return to Minnesota until early Friday morning for that day's series opener against the Tigers. Gardenhire said Thursday would be a perfect day to start Doumit at catcher, Joe Mauer at first and Justin Morneau at DH, but said he would wait to see how Doumit's calf reacted Wednesday.

Doumit strained a right calf muscle on May 16 and had been regulated to pinch-hit duty before returning to the lineup on Tuesday.

"Tomorrow would be a good day for it, but I don't know if Doum's ready for that yet," Gardenhire said. "I'll see about that tonight."

Doumit returned to the Twins lineup Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a double before being removed for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning.

"You always say you'd like to stay away from catching him right now in a game, sit him for at least a day or two more, but I need to get him behind the plate," Gardenhire said.