MINNEAPOLIS -- First baseman Chris Parmelee and reliever Glen Perkins were cleared by team doctors to return to action on Sunday, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Parmelee was struck in the helmet by a fastball on Wednesday but only incurred an initial headache and a black eye as a result. And Perkins, who fell down the stairs at his home and was unavailable to pitch in Friday's 7-6 loss to the Royals because he bruised the inside of his left knee, was declared ready to pitch.
"They're both available and feeling fine," Gardenhire said.
Parmelee was on the bench to start Sunday's game but Gardenhire said it was because he used the same lineup that he had written out for Saturday before the game was postponed due to rain.
"There's a little swelling and he had a headache a few days ago, but he's fine," Gardenhire said. "He actually came in [Saturday] and said he was ready to go. But we wanted to back him off [Saturday], and then we decided to keep the same lineup. So if I need him, I'll play him, but once we get to Anaheim he'll definitely be back in the lineup."
Twins stick with same lineup after rainout
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire opted to stick with the same lineup on Sunday that he had written out for Saturday's game before it was postponed due to rain.
Left fielder Josh Willingham simply had to wait one extra day to make his return to action after missing two games to attend the birth of his son, Rogan Jaynes, on Wednesday.
"It's good to put him back in there," Gardenhire said. "He's one guy who's been swinging it pretty good. It's good to have him back. It's beautiful. He has a beautiful kid. So there you go. They got their work done and we got our player back. Good stuff."
Joe Mauer also was back in at catcher, as he's started all 21 games this season, which is a far cry from last season when he didn't play in his 21st game until June 29.
"It's a good thing," Gardenhire said. "We're not rehabbing injuries now. It's just maintenance and preparing for the next day. Every day I go up to him and ask how he's doing, and he says he's doing fine. So he's ready to go. [Saturday] I had him as DH, but he said he really wanted to catch, so that's good. I like that."
The Twins still haven't decided when he'll get a day off. But Mauer, who played in just 82 games last year, said he's happy to be seeing playing time so far this season.
"That's what I wanted," Mauer said. "Obviously I love to play this game, and I love to be out there whenever I can. This year it's been pretty good."
Rotation shuffle to give Pavano extra rest
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Carl Pavano will get two days of extra rest before he makes his next start on Friday against the Mariners.
Minnesota reshuffled its rotation for its upcoming three-game series in Anaheim against the Angels after Saturday's game against the Royals was postponed due to rain.
Right-hander Nick Blackburn saw his scheduled start pushed back a day to Monday, while left-hander Francisco Liriano will rejoin the rotation on Tuesday after skipping a start to clear his head and work on his mechanics.
The Twins opted to go with right-hander Liam Hendriks on Wednesday to allow Pavano to get extra rest with Thursday's off-day. Pavano has a staff-leading 4.91 ERA but is working to regain some lost velocity, as his fastball is averaging 86.3 mph this season after averaging 89 mph last year, according to FanGraphs.com.
"We're backing him up to the end here just like we talked about," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "And he's fine with that. He thinks it's a good push back so he can get some things straightened out."