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Glen Perkins | Relief Pitcher | #15

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Minnesota
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (22) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw a successful 15-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
It was his second bullpen since undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in June. Twins manager Paul Molitor estimated that Perkins was throwing at about 75 percent effort. Perkins also took part in fielding drills including throwing to bases. Perkins is making definite progress but is still a long shot for Opening Day and could begin the year on the disabled list. Feb 18 - 5:18 PM

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Glen Perkins (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session on Saturday.

Perkins felt discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder while playing catch last week, but he apparently bounced back well from a bullpen session Tuesday and is ready to try things from the bump again. It's going to be a long road back for the former closer.
Feb 17 - 9:28 AM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw 15 pitches off the mound on Tuesday.

Perkins was originally expected to throw off a mound last Friday, but that was scratched after he experienced renewed discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder. Assuming he bounces back okay from Tuesday's session, he'll do some long tossing on Thursday. Still, he's a major question mark for the start of the 2017 season. Brandon Kintzler currently projects to begin the year as Minnesota's closer.
Feb 14 - 2:53 PM

Glen Perkins is experiencing renewed discomfort in his throwing shoulder.

Perkins had been aiming to throw off a mound Friday, but that plan was scrapped Thursday after the veteran reliever felt a familiar catch behind his left shoulder while doing flat-ground work. Perkins made only two appearances last season -- both in April -- and he is obviously now questionable for the beginning of the 2017 campaign. Brandon Kintzler is set to open as the Twins' closer.
Feb 9 - 3:38 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) is hoping to throw off a mound by February 7.

The left-hander will head to the Twins' spring training facility on Tuesday. Perkins has been long-tossing up to 120 feet and seems to be making good progress in his recovery from shoulder surgery. It remains unclear if Perkins will be ready for Opening Day or if he'll reclaim the closer role from Brandon Kintzler.
Jan 28 - 5:56 PM

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said Friday that Glen Perkins (shoulder) looked good when he saw him recently throwing at the club's spring training complex.

It doesn't mean a ton at this point, but we'll take any positive news with Perkins after his injury-shortened 2016 that ended with major shoulder surgery. Falvey cautioned that the team will take things slowly with Perkins, whose status for the beginning of the season remains up in the air.
Jan 27 - 12:50 PM

Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said that Glen Perkins has made "solid progress" in his rehab from shoulder surgery.

Perkins underwent significant labrum surgery in late June. Falvey indicated that given the pace of his rehab, it is "reasonable" that the veteran closer will be able to pitch in games during spring training at some point. A more clarified timetable figures to be passed along after the calendar flips to 2017 and the team has a better idea of just how close Perkins is to a return to the mound. He started into a light throwing program near the end of October.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 05:45:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) began a light throwing program three weeks ago.

Perkins is 4 1/2 months into what's expected to be a nine-month rehab program for labrum surgery. He hopes to be on a regular throwing program in March, although it's certainly no guarantee that he'll be ready to go on Opening Day. "I’ve thrown the ball 75 feet at about 50 percent effort. So I’m still a really long ways away from even throwing off a mound," Perkins said. "I know I’ve made progress, but there’s still a lot more to be made." Perkins will have to earn his closer job back and the odds that he'll regain his pre-op effectiveness are pretty slim.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 11:06:00 AM

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

Perkins is now back on the 40-man roster. The reliever had labrum surgery on his shoulder back in June and is status going into next season is a question mark.
Fri, Nov 4, 2016 09:02:00 AM

Glen Perkins' left labrum had to be re-attached to the bone during Thursday's surgery.

The operation was more extensive than hoped. Similar procedures have cost pitchers around eight months, although the Twins haven't revealed a timetable for Perkins yet. They're expected to provide more details Friday.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 08:37:00 AM

Twins GM Terry Ryan confirmed Glen Perkins will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum.

The plan is for him to go under the knife within the next 7-10 days. The surgery will be performed by Los Angeles doctor Neal ElAttrache. It's not going to be an easy recovery for Perkins, who is hoping to be ready for spring training next year. Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad will fight for save chances in his absence. Kevin Jepsen had the closer job earlier this year but was recently moved to a lower leverage role.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 09:00:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) will miss the remainder of the 2016 season.

Perkins has been diagnosed with a torn labrum and rotator cuff problems, and it's possible he will need surgery. He's been on the disabled list since April 13, having appeared in only two games with the Twins. Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad are handling save opportunities for Minnesota at the moment. Kevin Jepsen drew the assignment when Perkins initially went down, but he's been terrible.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 02:24:00 PM

Glen Perkins is scheduled to receive a third opinion on his injured left shoulder after cutting a bullpen session short Friday.

Perkins has been able to throw on flat ground without any issues, but he's still feeling some discomfort when he gets on a mound. More will obviously be known about a potential timetable after he sees the doctor. Brandon Kintzler and Fernando Abad will continue to share the Twins' closer duties for the time being.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 01:53:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw another successful bullpen session on Tuesday.

It was his second bullpen session since landing on the disabled list April 13 with a left shoulder strain, and he told reporters it didn't go as well as the first one. Perkins is scheduled to throw off a mound again Friday. There is no timetable for his return to the Twins' major league bullpen.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 05:55:00 PM

Glen Perkins (shoulder) completed a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

Perkins is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Tuesday and one more on Friday. If those go well, he'll then begin a rehab assignment. He's a few weeks away from returning to the Twins' bullpen. Until then, Kevin Jepsen will continue to fill in at closer.
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 02:58:00 PM

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