MINNEAPOLIS -- Josh Willingham, who has been bothered by a sore left hamstring, was given the day off against the Indians on Sunday afternoon.
Willingham served as designated hitter on Friday and Saturday -- going 2-for-4 with three walks and four RBIs -- but hasn't played in the outfield since Sept. 1.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, though, said that Willingham could be back in left field on Monday, and that he was simply given a scheduled day off.
"Willingham has been fighting the hammy so it's easy to give him a day off, especially against a right-hander," Gardenhire said. "We said we were gonna do this and try to give him a day. He played a couple days in a row. He's feeling fine and he believes tomorrow maybe he can play the outfield."
With Willingham out, Darin Mastroianni started in left field, with Joe Mauer serving as designated hitter and Ryan Doumit getting the start behind the plate.