Twins make moves 28 Mar 14

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have outrighted left-hander Scott Diamond and outfielder Chris Parmelee to Triple-A Rochester, ensuring that veteran Jason Bartlett will make the team out of spring training.

The Twins announced the moves on Thursday after both Diamond and Parmelee cleared waivers. Diamond had a 5.29 ERA in 17 innings during spring training and lost the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation to right-hander Kyle Gibson.

Parmelee hit .195 with one home run in 41 at-bats and failed to impress while competing for a backup outfielder spot.

The Twins decided to go with Bartlett as the team’s utility player. He only had three hits in 38 at-bats this spring while trying to make a comeback. Bartlett sat out all of last season because of injuries.

The Houston Astros have claimed outfielder Alex Presley off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

The Astros made the move Thursday. They designated left-hander Raul Valdes for assignment.

The 28-year-old Presley has played for the Twins and Pittsburgh over the last four seasons. He is a career .264 hitter with 17 home runs and 20 stolen bases.