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Twins Recall Chris Parmelee, Option Cole DeVries to Triple-A

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RandBallsStu knocked up a FanShot of this a little over an hour ago, but the Twins have recalled Chris Parmelee. Parmelee was 18-for-48 (.375) in 15 games with the Red Wings, drawing 12 walks against just eight strikeouts. Of those 18 hits, four have been home runs and four have been doubles. If the Twins wanted Parmelee to regain some confidence at triple-A, I think it's safe to say that's happened.

The corresponding move was to option Cole DeVries back to Rochester. In three starts for the Twins DeVries pitched 15 innings of 4.20 ERA baseball, striking out nine and walking six while allowing 1.33 base runners per inning. The decent ERA doesn't account for the four unearned runs charged to him, but it's easy to see that the worst part about his time in Minnesota were the four homers he surrendered.

It wasn't a bad stint for DeVries. These were the first 15 innings of his Major League career, and he did exactly what he was asked to do: be effective enough over a starter's innings to keep his team in the game. For the most part, he did just that. With his demotion the Minnesota rotation now includes Nick Blackburn, Francisco Liriano, Scott Diamond, P.J. Walters, and Jeff Manship.

For Parmelee, this will be his third stint with the team and his second this season. No doubt the Twins would like to see him take a more first grasp on the first base/designated hitter this time around, but realistically as long as he continues to show marked improvement through the rest of the season that'd be helpful enough. Parmelee has to fit into the organization's future plans, at least in the mid-term if not the long, so seeing him be able to find a higher level of success than we saw over the first few weeks of the season might help them make any decisions on Justin Morneau as we move closer to the end of his contract.