It was not a day-game-after-night-game move. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Florimon's rest was part of an ongoing plan to play his many young players often, especially before the Twins enter a grinding part of their schedule.
After Monday's off-day -- when Joe Mauer will return from paternity leave for Tuesday's series opener at home against Kansas City -- Minnesota is scheduled for just two off-days in August and one in September.
Dog days, indeed.
"We're just playing everybody; I want to make sure that everybody is involved," Gardenhire said. "We're going into a stretch of games here when everybody's going to play. We have so many games with very little days off."
Gregg Bell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.