The left-hander is the odd man out of an expanded rotation that will allow the Twins to get a look at some young hurlers. He's appeared in 44 games for the Twins this season, including 11 starts. His last seven outings have been starts, going 2-4 with a 5.82 ERA in those games.
"We want to see these other guys pitch, more than anything else," Gardenhire said. "I don't have any problem starting him at all. I kind of like seeing him out there when he's going all good, it's OK. I think he battled pretty good the other day, gave us a good chance, but he kind of ran out of gas a little there in the sixth. But I have no problem with that."
Last season, Duensing started 28 of the 32 games he appeared in, going 9-14 with a 5.23 ERA. Gardenhire added that the lefty has expressed a desire to continue starting and that he'll have a chance to do so next season.
"I feel also, over the course of the winter, to give him a chance in Spring Training, he needs to work on the windup, get back to what he was when he was a starter: pitch out of the windup, normal starting routine," Gardenhire said. "He mentioned that he'd like to have a chance to be a starter. Well, depending on who we sign and who we bring in, there's a good chance that he'll have that opportunity. He's so versatile. That's the great thing about him."