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Chris Parmelee rejoins Twins after hitting .375 at Triple-A

Jun 7, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Chris Parmelee parlayed a great September call-up into an Opening Day job with the Twins, but then predictably struggled making the jump from Double-A to the majors and was demoted back to the minors after hitting .179 in 27 games.

He took the demotion in stride and then some, hitting .375 with four homers, four doubles, and a 1.208 OPS in 15 games at Triple-A, and today the Twins recalled the 24-year-old first baseman.

At the end of his first stint in Minnesota this season Parmelee was only playing sporadically, so hopefully this time around manager Ron Gardenhire writes him into the lineup consistently so he can continue to develop even if he doesn’t immediately take the American League by storm like he did the International League.

To make room for Parmelee’s return the Twins optioned Cole De Vries to Triple-A, but at least the 27-year-old career minor leaguer and former undrafted free agent picked up a big-league victory.

  1. dluxxx - Jun 7, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    So the Twins sent down a starting pitcher for another position player. I would have hoped to see someone like Jeff Gray go down instead if they’re going to trim back the pitching staff.

    So their starting rotation looks like this:
    Francisico Liriano
    Nick Blackburn
    Scott Diamond
    P.J. Walters
    Who???

    Right now it looks like it’ll be Swarzack, but maybe they’re planning another move and will bring Hendricks back up for another go around.

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