Notebook: No concussion for Parmelee; Revere back to Rochester?
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After taking a fastball to the brim of the helmet on Wednesday night, Chris Parmelee showed up to the clubhouse on Friday with a black right eye and some tenderness above his eyebrow.
But no concussion, which was news to Parmelee's ears.
"Hopefully that never happens again," he said.
Parmelee was in good spirits, smiling and joking with reporters prior to batting practice. Manager Ron Gardenhire said he was available to pinch hit Friday if needed.
Revere headed back to Rochester?
Josh Willingham is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday following the birth of his son on Wednesday, at which point the Twins will need to clear a roster spot.
The Twins will eventually drop from 13 to 12 pitchers, but in an interview with 1500 ESPN on Friday Gardenhire said it's likely Ben Revere will be sent back to Triple-A Rochester.
It likely won't have any influence on the team's decision, but Sunday is Ben Revere Bat Day at Target Field.
How much should catchers shoulder?
Joe Mauer isn't the type to throw bats or destroy water coolers, but he's clearly frustrated with the team's slow start.
"I mean, we're what, 18 games into this, whatever it is? It's time to get out there and play the game like we should," said Mauer, who is hitting .319 (.400 with runners in scoring position) while playing all 19 games so far.
Mauer was among the 13 pitchers and two catchers called in for a 20-minute meeting immediately following Wednesday night's loss to the Red Sox, in which the main messages were for pitchers to stick to their game plans and avoid giving hitters too much credit.
"The one thing that has to be done, a catcher like Joe, and he's been doing as good of a job as he possibly can, he's got to go out there and reassure them, 'Hey, stay with me, let's do this,'" Gardenhire said. "They come up with a good plan and you have to execute it. The problem is with not executing the plan. they're missing out and over the plate, it's just a bad pitch. ...
"Catchers can call it, but they can't throw it. The pitcher has to execute it."
How much of the starting pitchers' struggles can be attributed, or fixed, by catchers Mauer and Ryan Doumit?
"Well, obviously I'm trying to do everything I can to help win a ballgame, whether it's a veteran guy or a young guy," Mauer said. "With a guy like Liam (Hendriks), I'm still kind of learning him a little bit. I'm trying to get him through games; it's a little different than with a guy like (Francisco) Liriano, a guy I've seen for years and knows what he likes to do. But it's still early in the year."
It's early now, yes. But soon it won't be.