Doumit, who was the Twins' designated hitter in the first two games of this series against the White Sox, was out of the starting lineup on Thursday because of how his strained right calf muscle responded after Wednesday night's game.
Gardenhire said prior to that game that he would assess Doumit following the game and possibly even start him for the series finale on Thursday night. Instead, Drew Butera was penciled in as the Twins' backstop, with Joe Mauer serving as the the DH.
"He felt it a little bit last night," Gardenhire said of Doumit, who picked up a pair of hits on Tuesday before going 0-for-4 on Wednesday. "He's been legging out some doubles and we told him to take it nice and easy, but you know, once you get playing in a game and you see something, you're going to go for it. So he was little bit stiffer last night after the game. I backed him off today."
Gardenhire said he still hopes to get Doumit behind the plate again sooner than later, but not before he's absolutely sure there's no further injury risk.
"One thing we talked about is when we get home I want to see him catch some bullpens and I want to see him throw to some bases, because I'd like to get him behind the plate," Gardenhire said.
There was also another line of thinking with Butera getting the start against the White Sox on Thursday, and it had to do with rookie Cole De Vries making his Major League debut on the mound for the Twins.
"He's going to be nervous to start the game," Gardenhire said of De Vries. "We know that and that's the great part about it. You get this opportunity to step out on a Major League mound and do something you've wanted to do your whole life, so he'll be nervous. Hopefully he'll be able to gather himself enough and we've got Drew catching him, who's caught him [in the Minors]. He knows Drew, so maybe they'll work well together."