Parmelee, Perkins cleared for return to action

Parmelee, Perkins cleared for return to action

MINNEAPOLIS -- First baseman Chris Parmelee and reliever Glen Perkins were cleared by team doctors to return to action on Sunday, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Parmelee was struck in the helmet by a fastball on Wednesday but only incurred an initial headache and a black eye as a result. And Perkins, who fell down the stairs at his home and was unavailable to pitch in Friday's 7-6 loss to the Royals because he bruised the inside of his left knee, was declared ready to pitch.

"They're both available and feeling fine," Gardenhire said.

Parmelee was on the bench to start Sunday's game but Gardenhire said it was because he used the same lineup that he had written out for Saturday before the game was postponed due to rain.

"There's a little swelling and he had a headache a few days ago, but he's fine," Gardenhire said. "He actually came in [Saturday] and said he was ready to go. But we wanted to back him off [Saturday], and then we decided to keep the same lineup. So if I need him, I'll play him, but once we get to Anaheim he'll definitely be back in the lineup."