Doumit seeing more playing time in left field

Doumit seeing more playing time in left field

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ryan Doumit is still getting accustomed to playing left field but has handled it fine so far, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Doumit, who entered the year with zero big league experience in left, made his 14th start of the season there on Monday night against the Indians.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked that left field isn't exactly Doumit's favorite position but that he's done what he's been asked to do.

"He gets nervous," Gardenhire said with a laugh. "I think it's like catching [Samuel] Deduno for him. He gets nervous out there, too. He pretended like he got a pulled hamstring when I put him in there. So it's funny but it's not funny. He gets worked up playing left field. But he does fine. He runs the ball down and has a strong arm."

Doumit, who has made 452 career starts behind the plate, entered the year with some experience in right field but none in left. He's made 60 career starts in right, including six this season.