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Glen Perkins | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Glen Perkins notched a two-out save Thursday against the Royals.
He needed just five pitches to secure his second save of the season. Brian Duensing began the ninth with a five-run lead, but he gave up an RBI double to Lorenzo Cain and an RBI single to Eric Hosmer before Perkins put out the fire. It didn't look like he was going to be needed, but fantasy owners won't complain. Apr 16 - 4:55 PM

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Glen Perkins threw a perfect inning Thursday afternoon in a minor league game.

Perkins needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame and struck out two of the three batters he faced. The left-hander was slowed by an oblique strain earlier this spring, but it looks like he'll carry a clean bill of health into the regular season. Perkins should again have good value as a fantasy closer, even if the Twins don't win many games.
Mar 26 - 1:29 PM

After giving up a run in an inning Saturday, Glen Perkins said that he's at full strength and completely recovered from the oblique strain that slowed him earlier in the month.

Between the oblique strain and the forearm and elbow issues that he dealt with last season, there are questions as to Perkins' durability heading into the 2015 season. When healthy, he has performed as one of the better closers in the American League. The lefty should still be worth the gamble in the middle rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 21 - 3:43 PM

Glen Perkins (oblique) threw a scoreless inning Thursday in a minor league game.

Perkins has been slowed this month due to a mild right oblique strain, but he's over it now and should make his Cactus League debut this weekend. The Twins' closer should only need a handful of outings to get ready for the season.
Mar 19 - 5:00 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Wednesday that he has discussed using Glen Perkins in tie games on the road.

Who knows how Molitor will fare as manager, but it's refreshing to see that he's not rigid in his thinking like so many managers are in regard to their closers. For what it's worth, Perkins is open to the idea. It might cost Perkins a couple of saves over the course of the season, but it could result in another couple of wins for the Twins.
Mar 18 - 11:21 AM

Glen Perkins (oblique) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Thursday.

Barring any setbacks, Perkins should make his Cactus League debut this weekend. The Twins' closer has been slowed this spring with a mild right oblique strain, but he should only need a handful of appearances to get geared up for the regular season.
Mar 17 - 11:29 AM

Glen Perkins (oblique) will throw a bullpen session on Saturday.

He was cleared to throw from the bump after getting through a game of catch Friday with no issues. Perkins has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game but still has time to get ready for Opening Day. However, he obviously can't afford any setbacks along the way.
Mar 13 - 12:45 PM

Glen Perkins (side) plans on playing catch on Friday.

If his Friday session goes well, he could throw off the mound on Saturday. Perkins' has what's being termed a "mild right oblique strain." The injury doesn't appear to be major and was initially thought to be a mere cramp. Barring a series of unforeseen setbacks, the closer should see Grapefruit League action within the next week.
Mar 11 - 11:24 AM

Glen Perkins (side) did not throw his scheduled bullpen session Monday.

Perkins' injury was initially called a cramp, but Twins general manager Terry Ryan acknowledged Monday that it's actually a strain. Still, the Minnesota closer should be ready for Grapefruit League action by the end of this week and he is not in danger of missing the opening of the 2015 regular season.
Mar 9 - 12:43 PM

Glen Perkins (side) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

Perkins was held out of action this weekend after experiencing a cramp in his side on Friday. The veteran southpaw still has plenty of time to get ready for the regular season opener, where he'll continue to serve as the Twins closer.
Mar 8 - 4:10 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday that he will use Glen Perkins in a conventional closer role and doesn't plan on using him for more than one inning.

In other words, Molitor doesn't plan on changing from the approach of former manager Ron Gardenhire. Perkins has 70 saves over the past two seasons, but only two of them required more than three outs. "I'm not big on expanding his role past the ninth inning in the short term," said Molitor. "Part of the success we want to have is to have guys who can bridge us however long that is. As the season goes, once in a while there could be those opportunities. But in the short term, I don't see that happening."
Feb 26 - 5:23 PM

Glen Perkins (forearm, elbow) believes that he is fully recovered from the forearm strain and nerve irritation that ended his season prematurely, and he'll be ready to go for the start of spring training.

Perkins underwent a precautionary MRI early in the offseason that ruled out any structural damage to his UCL. The Twins closer began his throwing program in mid-December and by all accounts everything has gone smoothly. While there's always risk involved with elbow and arm injuries, it looks like Perkins will be ready for the start of the season.
Jan 25 - 11:05 PM

Glen Perkins has been shut down for the remainder of the 2014 season due to a left forearm strain and nerve irritation in his left elbow.

It's actually terrific news for the Twins and for Perkins, as a precautionary MRI revealed no damage to his UCL. He'll take part in an offseason strengthening program, and is expected to be back to full-strength in around two months. He'll be ready to go for spring training 2015.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 08:14:00 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Glen Perkins is dealing with "some nerve irritation and maybe a slight muscle strain" in his left elbow.

Neal adds that the ailment "doesn't appear to be serious." However, with just a week and a half left in the season, the closer will undoubtedly be shut down. The good news is that it doesn't sound like it will be a long-term issue for Perkins. Jared Burton will continue to fill in as the Twins' closer.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 09:30:00 AM

Glen Perkins will undergo an MRI exam on his left elbow/biceps area on Thursday.

Perkins looked abysmal on Tuesday night, surrendering a three-run home run to J.D. Martinez en route to blowing his seventh save of the season. He certainly hasn't looked right as of late, posting a 14.21 ERA and 2.21 WHIP over his last eight outings (6 1/3 innings), so hopefully Thursday's exam will provide some answers. Casey Fien or Jared Burton would likely get the call to work the ninth inning in his absence.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 07:53:00 PM

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