Parmelee might be returning

Minnesota Twins Chris Parmelee

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The Twins are reducing their pitching staff to 12, raising the possibility that first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee could join the team in time for their American League West road trip.

After Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Detroit, the Twins sent righthanders Luis Perdomo and Jeff Manship to Class AAA Rochester. That made room for righthander Anthony Swarzak, who is set to come off the 15-day disabled list. They need one more player.

"It will be a position player," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're going to get that extra position player back on the bench and go with 12 pitchers."

The leading candidate to be called up is Parmelee, who is blazing hot at Rochester. He entered Wednesday batting .354 with 15 homers and 41 RBI in 49 games for the Red Wings.

With Denard Span nursing a sore right collarbone, Parmelee could play right field, with Ben Revere filling in for Span in center. Parmelee also could fill in at first base to give Joe Mauer or Justin Morneau a break.

Parmelee was in Rochester's starting lineup on Wednesday night against Indianapolis.

Span making progress

Span can now put on a shirt without pain in his right collarbone. Routine tasks like that have him thinking that he's getting closer to returning to the lineup.

Span was injured on Sunday against Tampa Bay while trying to make a falling catch. He said the injury also includes some soreness around his neck.

Span on Wednesday stood in as a hitter during bullpen sessions, played catch in the outfield and swung off a tee. He hopes to return to action during the weekend series in Seattle, but it's doubtful he will be ready by Friday's opener.

"It did not feel outstanding, but I expected that," Span said.

Florimon here in time

Infielder Pedro Florimon arrived at Target Field roughly 30 minutes before the start of Wednesday's game. He was called up Tuesday after Brian Dozier was sent down Rochester.

Florimon can play both middle infield positions and probably could handle third base, but Gardenhire considers Florimon a natural shortstop with good range and a strong arm. His glove is much better than his bat.

"Definitely one of these defensive whiz guys who can really pick it," Gardenhire said. "This will be a good experience for him."

Florimon's major league career consists of four games with the Orioles as a September callup last season.

Etc.

• Righthander P.J. Walters came out of his rehab outing on Tuesday for Rochester without any problems and will move forward with his recovery.

• Wednesday was the one-year anniversary of Jim Thome's 600th career home run. It also was the anniversary of the Delmon Young trade to Detroit. Young homered against the Twins in his Tigers debut that day -- and hit a two-run homer on Wednesday.

• Revere turned his right ankle while trying to beat out a hit in the fifth inning and was on the ground for a couple of minutes but stayed in the game.

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