He was well enough to make a joke at bench coach Terry Steinbach's expense, as Steinbach acted as manager in Gardenhire's absence.
"I can't take Steiny anymore -- he walks too slow to the mound," Gardenhire said with a laugh. "I feel better than yesterday. I'll put it that way. It was like a virus or food poisoning, so I'll take it for whatever it was. All I know is, I wasn't feeling too awful hot. But I feel better today and finally got some food in my stomach."
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