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Glen Perkins | Relief Pitcher | #15

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (34) / 3/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Minnesota
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (22) / MIN
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Glen Perkins has retired, according to Twins general manager Thad Levine.
There had been whispers about the possibility for months, and now Perkins has officially decided to walk away. The southpaw missed significant time in recent years due to shoulder issues, but he was able to make it back with the Twins down the stretch last season. Perkins, a three-time All-Star, will finish his career with a 3.88 ERA and 120 saves over 409 major league appearances. Levine said Perkins would be welcomed back if he's interested in a front office role at some point in the future. Jan 23 - 1:23 PM

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MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins will not exercise their $6.5 million club option on left-handed reliever Glen Perkins.

Perkins will get a $750,000 buyout instead. It was a no-brainer decision for the Twins after the 34-year-old southpaw surrendered six earned runs on five walks and eight hits over just 5 2/3 innings this season. He's battled serious shoulder problems for the past couple of years and there is talk that he might retire.
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 02:12:00 PM

Glen Perkins got one out against the Tigers on Saturday in what could have been the final appearance of his career.

Perkins was able to make it back after two years of shoulder misery, but it's been a big struggle and it doesn't sound like he's looking forward to trying it again in 2018. He asked for the ball after getting his out tonight, an indication that he knows he's done. The appearance tonight was his first in 10 days and fourth in September. He's pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings his last three times out after giving up six runs in his first five outings of the year.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 10:33:00 PM

Glen Perkins was charged with two earned runs in the eighth inning of Monday's loss to the Rays.

He secured only one out. Perkins now has a 16.20 ERA and 3.00 WHIP in five appearances since returning from the disabled list August 17. It's probably time for the Wild Card-hunting Twins to pull the plug.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 10:43:00 PM

Making his first appearance in the majors since April 2016, Glen Perkins was charged with two runs in one-third of an inning Thursday against the Indians.

Perkins gave up a pair of singles, but more damaging was the two hit batsman; he grazed Carlos Santana's jersey with a fastball and hit Yan Gomes in the foot with a slider. His velocity was solidly in the 90-92 mph range and his slider had some action, so once he gets his feet wet, he could contribute.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 05:32:00 PM

Twins activated LHP Glen Perkins from the 60-day disabled list.

Perkins will finally make his return to the Minnesota bullpen on Thursday, despite posting a 6.14 ERA in eight rehab appearances between the Gulf Coast League, High-A Fort Myers, and Double-A Chattanooga. The veteran left-hander has been sidelined by shoulder problems since April 2016. He'll probably operate in a lower-leverage role down the stretch.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 10:59:00 AM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) has joined the Twins in Minnesota.

But it's not clear when the Twins will activate him off the 60-day disabled list. Perkins struggled on his minor league rehab assignment, posting a 6.14 ERA in eight appearances between the Gulf Coast League and Double-A Chattanooga. The veteran left-hander has not appeared in a major league game since April 2016.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 06:33:00 PM

Glen Perkins worked a scoreless inning for Double-A Chattanooga in his latest rehab appearance Thursday.

Perkins is expected to make two more appearances in the minors and then make his 2017 debut in the Twins bullpen. He wouldn't be a candidate for saves initially, but if he's successful, there's the chance he'll close some in September.
Fri, Aug 11, 2017 10:33:00 AM

Glen Perkins (shoulder, biceps) has moved his rehab assignment to Double-A Chattanooga.

Perkins allowed three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in five rehab appearances between the Gulf Coast League and High-A Fort Myers. The veteran left-handed reliever could join the Twins' bullpen in a week or so if he shows better results in the upper minors. He's been out all year due to shoulder and biceps trouble.
Sat, Aug 5, 2017 09:55:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder, biceps) threw another scoreless inning Wednesday in the Gulf Coast League.

Perkins will now advance his minor league rehab assignment to High-A Fort Myers. It appears the veteran lefty could finally make his season debut next month, though he's already been through a number of stops and starts in his recovery from major shoulder surgery.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 02:06:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder, biceps) pitched a scoreless inning in his first rehab outing Saturday for the Gulf Coast Twins.

Perkins registered two strikeouts while reaching 90 mph on his fastball. The left-hander will likely make one more appearance in rookie ball before moving up to High-A Fort Myers. Shoulder issues have sidelined Perkins since April of 2016.
Sat, Jul 22, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder, biceps) could begin a rehab assignment Saturday.

Perkins came out of a live batting practice session last Friday with no issues and will face hitters again Wednesday. If that goes well, he'll be cleared for his first game action since April of last season. The former closer is working his way back from major shoulder surgery and more recently biceps tendinitis.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 06:46:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder, biceps) threw 10-15 pitches off a mound on Thursday.

Perkins will now advance to live batting practice on Friday and he is on track to begin a minor league rehab assignment late next week, though the veteran lefty has already run into a number of setbacks. Perkins has been on the disabled list all season due to biceps and shoulder trouble.
Thu, Jul 13, 2017 12:35:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder, biceps) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

Perkins suffered a setback in his rehab from shoulder surgery in mid-June, after which he was shut down for a week before the Twins devised a new throwing program for him. There is still no definitive timetable for his return, but it is a good sign that he is feeling frisky enough for bullpen work. Perkins has yet to pitch for the Twins this season.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 05:40:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder, biceps) played catch on Tuesday.

With Perkins playing catch on Tuesday following a week-long hiatus from his rehab after coming down with biceps tendinitis, the Twins are working to put together a new throwing program for the veteran reliever. His potential return date should clarify in the coming days, assuming he does not hit another setback.
Wed, Jun 28, 2017 05:56:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jason Castro
2Mitch Garver
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
2Taylor Featherston
SS1Jorge Polanco
2Ehire Adrianza
3B1Miguel Sano
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jordan Pacheco
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Byron Buxton
2Zack Granite
RF1Max Kepler
2Chris Heisey
DH1Robbie Grossman
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ervin Santana
2Jose Berrios
3Jake Odorizzi
4Kyle Gibson
5Adalberto Mejia
6Anibal Sanchez
7Trevor May
8Phil Hughes
9Aaron Slegers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Addison Reed
3Taylor Rogers
4Trevor Hildenberger
5Ryan Pressly
6Zach Duke
7Tyler Duffey
8Alan Busenitz
9Gabriel Moya
10John Curtiss
11Tyler Kinley