La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Twins make roster move - and no, it's not Joe Mauer

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: August 29, 2012 - 1:24 PM

The Twins have recalled first baseman Chris Parmelee, who has been tearing up the International League.

Parmelee is batting .338 with 17 doubles, 17 home runs and 49 RBI in 64 games at Class AAA Rochester and helped the Red Wings make a late playoff push. That push has fallen short, making it easier for the Twins to bring him up now.

He can play first base or right field, which gives the Twins flexibility in case Denard Span's shoulder problems continue.

To make room for Parmelee, the Twins outrighted righthander Jeff Gray to Class AAA Rochester. That means he's no longer on the 40-man. That gives the Twins more room to add players who are coming off the 60-day DL soon (P.J. Walters) or to add a September callup who's currently not on the roster.

 

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