Apr 12, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins first base Chris Parmelee (27) hits a double in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Target Field. The Twins won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Minnesota Twins are taking advantage of their three days off in the next 12 by temporarily shifting to a four-man rotation in order to bolster their bench. The Twins have optioned right-hander Cole De Vries to Triple-A Rochester and promoted first baseman Chris Parmelee in his stead, reports Joe Christensen of the Star-Tribune.
With Joe Mauer nursing a thumb injury, the Twins will look to Parmelee provide a power bat off the bench. The 24-year-old hit only .179 with no home runs in 27 games with the club to kick off the season, but proceeded to hit .375 with four doubles and four home runs in just 15 games at Rochester following his demotion in mid-May.
The 27-year-old De Vries put up a 4.20 ERA and struck out 5.4 per nine over his first three big league starts, notching his first major league victory with five shutout innings against the Royals on Monday.