"We were getting pretty thin," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We also have Nunez now for a full day. We actually have a bench and three outfielders in the outfield, which is a good thing."
Hicks sustained a concussion on May 1 against the Dodgers in the second game of a split-doubleheader, when he crashed into the center-field wall in the sixth inning. Friday was the first day he was eligible to return. He said he was able to start taking batting practice on Wednesday after the concussion symptoms began to subside.
"I had it for about three days, but by the fourth day, I was feeling better," said Hicks, who said he suffered from fogginess. "From then on it was all about getting better and getting ready to play in games."
The contract of Parmelee was selected from Triple-A, as he was outrighted off the 40-man roster by the Twins in late March and had to be added back on the roster. In 32 games with the Red Wings, Parmelee hit .305/.378/.542 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 23 RBIs.
"I was staying aggressive at the plate," Parmelee said. "Sometimes, I thought I would get too passive on a pitch that was good enough to hit. Sometimes, I'd wait for a pitch I wanted in an exact spot instead of trying to hit a pitch I could still drive. So, I just tried to keep the aggressiveness up at the plate and my confidence up."
In order to clear a spot for Parmelee on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated Double-A outfielder Kenny Wilson for assignment. Minnesota claimed Wilson off waivers from Toronto on April 24. Wilson played in 11 games at New Britain, hitting .195/.327/.268 with three doubles and three stolen bases.
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