KANSAS CITY -- It's been a year of shuffling between the Majors and the Minors for first baseman Chris Parmelee.
Parmelee began the year with the Twins, but was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on May 15. And then, after an impressive stretch with the Red Wings, he was recalled on June 8 before being optioned again on July 5.
And now Parmelee is back up with the Twins -- even though he remains a likely candidate to be sent down yet again once Justin Morneau returns from the paternity list on Monday or Tuesday against the White Sox.
Parmelee, though, is taking it in stride and said he's just trying to help the Twins any way he can.
"It's tough, but it's part of the game," said Parmelee, who wasn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's rubber game against the Royals. "I'm not the first person to do it and I won't be the last. It's just the way it is."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire paid Parmelee a compliment, saying he knows that Parmelee isn't overwhelmed by playing in the Majors.
Parmelee, 24, was impressive as a September callup last year with a .355 average, four homers and six doubles in 21 games. He hasn't matched that success this year with a .206 average and two homers in 39 games with the Twins, but is hitting .302/.446/.510 with four homers in 28 games at Triple-A.
"I'm still a rookie, but it's nice to go out there and not feel like it's my first time out there," Parmelee said. "I feel comfortable going out there. I think I'm kind of over that stage of going out there and going like 'Wow.' I mean, I'm still wowed obviously, but I don't think I'm pressing, and I feel more comfortable out there right now. It's starting to get easier."