Gardenhire remains cautious with Doumit

Gardenhire remains cautious with Doumit

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Ryan Doumit met with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire before Saturday's game against the White Sox to tell him he's healthy and ready to play.

But Gardenhire said he's being cautious with Doumit, who has been out since Wednesday with a strained oblique.

Gardenhire decided to start Drew Butera behind the plate instead, as Doumit still feels some soreness when catching and swinging from the left side of the plate.

"He actually wanted to play today, but I didn't think it was right," Gardenhire said. "Right-handed, he swings fine but left-handed, he still feels it when he lets it go. He said he thinks he can control it, but I just know from as long as I've been doing this that once you get into the game, the adrenaline starts going and he's gonna let it fly. And I don't wanna see that."

Chris Parmelee, however, returned to the lineup on Saturday after being held out for five games with right groin soreness. Parmelee, who served as a pinch-hitter on Thursday, started at designated hitter and batted sixth against White Sox left-hander Francisco Liriano.