"You always try to say you'll get him in some nonpressure situations, but I don't know if there are those in the big leagues," Gardenhire said. "So we'll try to get him in some situations where it's not the eighth and a one-run lead. I talked to him, and he says his arm feels good, but he's just not putting away hitters right now. So we talked about a few other routes he can go with the way he attacks hitters."
Left-handed reliever Brian Duensing will also be used in lower-leverage roles for the time being, as he also struggled on Monday, giving up four runs over 1 1/3 innings. He has an 8.44 ERA over his last seven appearances.
"We'll give him some opportunities and try to see if we can get him feeling a little better, too," Gardenhire said.
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