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07/22/12 7:55 PM ET

Parmelee takes brief Twins stints in stride

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."

Span back in lineup after heat-related issue

KANSAS CITY -- Twins center fielder Denard Span returned to the lineup on Sunday after leaving Saturday's game against the Royals with dizziness.

Span exited the game in the eighth inning, with a health problem that Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said was related to the heat.

The game time temperature was 99 degrees and the Twins were wearing throwback jerseys that were bigger and thicker than their regular uniform tops.

"He just felt a little lightheaded, which is expected in this heat," Gardenhire said. "It could happen today. It's one of the reasons I'm catching Drew [Butera]. Let the youngest buck catch out there. Plus, he's pretty good at handling the pitchers and controlling the game."

Span went 1-for-5 with an RBI double in the Twins' 7-5 win over the Royals on Sunday. But he was caught in a rundown on his seventh-inning double, as he fell down while trying to reach third base.

Plouffe expected back for White Sox series

KANSAS CITY -- Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe missed his second straight game on Sunday after bruising his right thumb in Friday's game against the Royals.

Plouffe injured his thumb while getting jammed on a pitch from Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar on Friday.

But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire expects Plouffe to be back in the lineup against the White Sox on Monday.

"He came in today and had a lot of improvement," Gardenhire said before the rubber game against the Royals. "But in my experience in getting jammed as a player, which was plenty and often, one day doesn't let it heal. You need a couple days to regroup. If you go right back at it, then it doesn't go away for a long time. So I'm giving him an extra day, but I'm guessing he'll back in there tomorrow."

With Plouffe out of the lineup, Jamey Carroll made his second straight start at third base.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.