Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 4/25/12
MINNEAPOLIS Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee left Wednesday's game after being hit in the helmet by a pitch from Boston reliever Justin Thomas. Parmelee left the game for precautionary reasons and will be reevaluated Thursday, the team announced.After falling behind 1-2 in the count, Parmelee was hit in the head by a 93 mph fastball from Thomas. Parmelee instantly fell to the ground and laid face down in the batters box as the Twins' training staff ran out to attend to him. After laying in the dirt for a minute, Parmelee sat up before being helped off the field. Parmele was replaced by pinch runner Danny Valencia, who then moved to third base defensively. Third baseman Sean Burroughs moved to first base in place of Parmelee. It was the first time in Burroughs' major league career that he played first base.The scary incident involving Parmelee came just four pitches after Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau was at bat. Morneau missed a good amount of time the past two seasons with a concussion after he was kneed in the head on a play at second base in 2010. A pitch to the helmet could possibly have done more damage to Morneau, who is still working his way back from the concussion.Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.
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