Other than a favorable MRI, one of the biggest reasons Doumit didn't end up on the disabled list was because he was very passionate about avoiding it in a meeting Thursday morning.
"That is a pleasant response," said Ryan, who was part of the meeting. "Usually you're battling guys maybe the other way. It is refreshing to see a guy that does not want to get on there. Obviously, if you're hurt, you need to go on. But he wants to stay off there. That's a nice thing, especially the way he's swinging the bat."
Denard Span missed his third consecutive game Thursday with a sore right hamstring. However, Gardenhire said the center fielder will return for this weekend's Interleague series in Milwaukee.
"He feels better," Gardenhire said. "Denard's ready to come back out there. We're going to play Ben [Revere] today and give [Span] a day, but he should be ready to play in Milwaukee."
With a .138 batting average, Trevor Plouffe hasn't been great this season. But Gardenhire has kept faith in the outfielder, putting him in the lineup on most days. On Wednesday, it paid off, as Plouffe it a two-run home run to give the Twins a four-run lead in the ninth.
"The relief that we saw on his face after he got back to the dugout, that's what you kind of manage for," Gardenhire said. "Those are the kind of moments that you see a guy all of a sudden get that big hit and you feel pretty good for him."