Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 5/15/12
MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins activated first basemandesignated hitter Justin Morneau from the 15-day disabled list after Tuesday's game against Cleveland. To make room for Morneau, the club optioned first baseman Chris Parmelee to Triple-A Rochester.Morneau has not played since April 30 as he's been sidelined with a sore left wrist. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday prior to Minnesota's game in Detroit.Morneau, who was not in the Twins' clubhouse after Tuesday's 5-0 loss to Cleveland, has taken batting practice the last two days to test his wrist. After taking between 30-40 swings on Monday, he seemed to spend more time in the cage on Tuesday at Target Field. Clearly, the wrist felt good enough for him to be activated.In 20 games this season before going on the DL, Morneau played just four games at first base and 16 games as the Twins' designated hitter. But manager Ron Gardenhire said Morneau wants to return as the team's first baseman."He thinks that's going to help stay looser and stay into the game, so he would like to play first base," Gardenhire said. "Fine with me. Get back out there and play first base."Morneau was batting .230 with four homers and nine RBI in 20 games prior to his wrist injury. He played just 69 games last season after missing time due to numerous injuries and missed the second half of the 2010 season with a concussion.After going 0-for-3 on Tuesday, Parmelee is now batting just .179 in 84 at-bats this season. He was a September call-up last year and hit .355 with four homers and 14 RBI in 21 games in 2011. But those numbers haven't carried over into 2012.He'll now spend some time at Triple-A, where he has yet to play in his career. He made the jump from Double-A New Britain to the majors a season ago."Maybe that'll help his confidence a little bit, getting back down, a little bit more relaxed atmosphere," Gardenhire said. " He's a gamer. He comes to play. He'll go down there and get his swings in, play some baseball and get himself back up here."Following Tuesday's game, Parmelee admitted that he's been putting too much pressure on himself after his impressive September. He'll work with Rochester hitting coach Tom Brunansky on finding his swing again."I'm looking forward to going down and playing, working on some stuff with Bruno down there and hopefully be back up here real soon," Parmelee said. "You can't go up there and put pressure on yourself. That's what happens. It sucks. It's the nature of the beast. Just go down to Triple-A and clear everything." Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter
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