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Updated: June 8th, 2012 5:53pm
Back in starting lineup, Parmelee says demotion 'was the best for me'

Back in starting lineup, Parmelee says demotion 'was the best for me'

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer was sidelined for a fourth consecutive game on Friday night, which left room in the starting lineup for the newly-recalled Chris Parmelee.

Parmelee was penciled in as the No. 6 hitter and first baseman against Chicago Cubs left-hander Travis Wood.

Attitudes vary among players who are demoted to Triple-A, as Parmelee was last month after hitting just .179/.250/.262 in 92 plate appearances to start the season. Some pout and get off to slow starts. Others struggle to regain the habits and mindset that earned them a trip to the big leagues in the first place.

Parmelee, 24, apparently didn't struggle at all with his demotion, hitting .375/.500/.708 with four home runs in 15 games.

"I just went down there and most importantly tried to clear my head a little bit, work on some mechanics and get back to just seeing the ball and hitting it, and not trying to think too much about results," said Parmelee, who admitted last month his mind was racing at times throughout April and May.

"I think I was pressing a little bit too much when I was up here, so it was nice to go down and clear the head and just go back to seeing it and hitting it, just reacting."

This wasn't the first time Parmelee was demoted and then promoted again mid-season. In 2010 he was demoted from Double-A New Britain to High-A Fort Myers, along with a struggling Joe Benson. Parmelee wound up hitting .338/.430/.463 in 93 plate appearances for Fort Myers and finished the season with a .275/.341/.389 batting line in New Britain.

This eventually propelled him to a successful 2011 Double-A campaign, which led to a September call-up.

"I think it was the best for me," Parmelee said about his recent trip to Rochester. "This happened in 2010... and I felt like it helped me a lot throughout the rest of the season."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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