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Updated: May 16th, 2012 10:30pm
Twins place Ryan Doumit on disabled list, recall outfielder Ben Revere

Twins place Ryan Doumit on disabled list, recall outfielder Ben Revere

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins placed Ryan Doumit on the 15-day disabled list after Wednesday's 11-7 victory in Detroit because of a strained right calf and recalled outfielder Ben Revere from Triple-A Rochester.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Doumit had "popped" a calf muscle and was to undergo an MRI.

Update: Reporters were told in Detroit that Doumit's MRI results came back favorably.

"We're going to have him checked out," Gardenhire told reporters. "He'll probably end up on the (disabled list) it sounds like. We'll let you know all the results (Thursday) and which way we're going with everything."

Shortly after Gardenhire spoke the roster move was made.

Doumit, who started at catcher on Wednesday and went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run, might have been injured in the bottom of the seventh inning when he jumped up to shake the hand of reliever Brian Duensing, who had struck out Alex Avila for the second out.

"I think that's when he popped his calf, but he had been having some cramps in his calf," Gardenhire said.

Doumit, who is hitting .263/.328/.445 with five home runs and 24 RBI, was replaced in the bottom of the eighth inning by Drew Butera. Doumit also has spent time at designated hitter this season and can play right field as well.

Doumit's absence means that Butera and Joe Mauer will handle the catching duties. Mauer served as the DH on Wednesday and also has played first base this year.

Doumit signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Twins during the offseason. He battled a significant injury last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, landing on the 60-day disabled list because of a severely sprained left ankle suffered on May 29 in a home plate collision during a game at Wrigley Field.

Revere started the season with the Twins, batting .278 (5-for-18) with one double in six games. In 23 games with the Red Wings, he batted .330 (31-for-94) with one double and six RBI.

Blackburn was given a 5-1 lead early in Wednesday's game but couldn't hold it as the Tigers took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the second. He left the game having given up six runs on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts in two innings.

Blackburn's earned-run average is now 8.37.

"Blackburn really scuffled," Gardenhire said. "He has a problem with his thigh and we're just trying to decipher what we're going to do there. But he definitely had an issue with his thigh, so we're going to find out what we have to do with that and how we have to treat it and where we go with that."

A couple of other injury/health update issues from Wednesday:

• Before Trevor Plouffe belted a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to give the Twins a four-run lead, Glen Perkins was warming up in the bullpen and set to come in for what would have been a save situation. So where was closer Matt Capps?

Gardenhire said Capps had a sore arm. "We weren't going to use Capps," Gardenhire said. "He had thrown like four days in a row and had a little soreness in his arm a couple of days ago. He was fine tonight but we were not going to use him, and we worked our way through it as best we could."

• Center fielder Denard Span was scratched for a second day in a row because of tightness in his hamstring. Erik Komatsu started in center field in place of Span and hit leadoff.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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