"My plan was for Eskie to play today no matter what," Gardenhire said. "I wanted to get him back out there and get some swings."
But Gardenhire did say he had been surprised by Florimon's struggles defensively, as Florimon had an impressive Spring Training and was known for his defense during his time in the Minor Leagues.
"I wish I could figure out a way to help him," Gardenhire said. "We know how well he caught the ball [in Spring Training]. But I'm sure the cold weather has affected him. But he has to work his way through it."
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