Ryan: Parmelee may be an option at first base and outfield
John Shipley at the Pioneer Press spoke with Twins GM Terry Ryan today, addressing Justin Morneau's regular designated hitter playing time as of late. Part of the motivation behind having Morneau at DH may have to do with Chris Parmelee's torrid spring performance. Said Ryan of Morneau and Parmelee:
Parmelee's been very impressive this spring, hitting .324/.395/.588 with a double, a triple and two home runs (one against the Phillies' Roy Halladay) and perhaps forcing the Twins to carry him on the roster at the season's onset. If Parmelee is brought north, this certainly complicates the lineup. With Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit, Josh Willingham and now potentially Parmelee, the Twins have a log jam of first basemen/DHs/corner outfielders that Ron Gardenhire will have to get creative in efforts to get all of their bats in the lineup.
"He could DH. We'll have to see how it plays out this spring. Right now, Parmelee is having quite a spring. You start to say, 'Jeez, how are we going to get that bat in the lineup? He's a first baseman and an outfielder. He can play both.' "