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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 returned to the closer role on Tuesday, allowing a run on three hits but earning the save in the Twins' 8-6 win over the White Sox.
It wasn't a smooth return to the ninth inning by any means, but the left-hander was still able to get the job done after back issues forced him out of the role last week. With Perkins taking over as closer, Kevin Jepsen returned to a setup role. Perkins now has 32 saves with a 2.68 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 46/8 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings this year. Sep 1 - 11:58 PM

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Glen Perkins (back) struck out two in a scoreless inning of work on Friday in his return to the mound.

Perkins has been dealing with a back issue and was briefly pulled from his ninth inning duties until manager Paul Molitor felt that he was fully healthy and could be counted on to remain in that role. Apparently he saw all that he needed on Friday, saying afterwards that Perkins would move back to the closer's role.
Aug 29 - 8:13 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Glen Perkins (back) is expected to be available Friday but won't return to his closer role immediately.

Molitor wants Perkins to show that he can be healthy and effective until he puts him back in the ninth inning. It will probably only take an appearance or two, but until then Kevin Jepsen will continue to handle the closing duties.
Aug 28 - 5:38 PM

Paul Molitor is very optimistic that Glen Perkins (back) will be available on Friday.

The southpaw was unavailable on Wednesday and Thursday due to lower back spasms, but is expected to be ready enough to pitch on Friday. Kevin Jepsen has been filling in as the closer in his absence.
Aug 27 - 10:21 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Glen Perkins (back) will be a game-time decision Thursday.

Perkins was unavailable for Wednesday's game due to lower back spasms and he's no sure thing to pitch Thursday, either. Molitor wants to stay away from using Kevin Jepsen on Thursday, so things could get interesting if Perkins is also unavailable. Casey Fien or Trevor May would be the most likely options in a save situation.
Aug 27 - 4:39 PM

Glen Perkins was unavailable for Wednesday's game due to lower back spasms.

The good news is that his neck injury wasn't the reason Perkins was passed over for the save chance. That honor went to Kevin Jepsen, who closed out the Rays with little issue. Perkins should be fine moving forward, but Jepsen remains a necessary handcuff until Perkins is clear of all his ailments.
Aug 26 - 10:59 PM

Glen Perkins (neck) returned to action on Sunday, working a scoreless inning against the Orioles to earn his second win of the season.

Perkins wasn't supposed to be available until Tuesday, but was called upon in the 11th inning of a tied game on Sunday. He did show a bit of rust, allowing a pair of hits in his lone frame, but was able to bear down and avoid any damage. He should resume his normal role as the Twins closer beginning on Tuesday.
Aug 24 - 12:08 AM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Glen Perkins (neck) "felt great" during a bullpen session Sunday.

Perkins received two cortisone shots last Wednesday to treat a bulging disk in his neck. The left-hander will be available as the Twins' closer again starting on Tuesday following Monday's off day. Kevin Jepsen will return to a setup role at that time.
Aug 23 - 11:45 AM

Glen Perkins (neck) felt "great" while playing catch Saturday and is expected to be available to pitch on Tuesday.

Perkins will is expected to test things out with a bullpen session on Sunday and could possibly talk his way into being available if a save situation comes up. However, the Twins most likely will wait until after Monday's off day. Perkins received two cortisone shots on Wednesday to treat a bulging disk in his neck.
Aug 23 - 9:56 AM

Glen Perkins (neck) hopes to return by Tuesday at the latest.

Perkins received an injection Wednesday for a neck issue which has bothered him since late June. He's already feeling much better and hopes to play catch on Thursday or Friday. Barring a setback, it looks like Kevin Jepsen will only be a temporary fill-in.
Aug 20 - 4:09 PM

Glen Perkins got an injection Wednesday for his sore neck.

Perkins will rejoin the Twins in Baltimore on Thursday, though he's going to be out for at least three more days. The lefty closer has been bothered by neck issues for over a year, but an MRI taken Wednesday apparently ruled out any major structural damage. Kevin Jepsen could vulture some saves over the next week or so.
Aug 19 - 4:25 PM

Glen Perkins (neck) is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the Twins in Baltimore this weekend.

It doesn't mean a whole lot yet, as the results of the MRI on his neck aren't known yet. Perkins has been given a cortisone injection and at the very least will miss a game or two. Kevin Jepsen will close for the Twins in the meantime.
Aug 19 - 1:18 PM

Glen Perkins will fly back to Minneapolis to undergo an MRI on his neck.

Perkins had to be shut down last September with a neck issue and it's cropped up again. A stint on the disabled list is certainly possible, but we'll just have to wait and see what the MRI says. He will receive a cortisone injection regardless of what the test reveals. Kevin Jepsen should handle save chances while Perkins is sidelined.
Aug 18 - 10:49 PM

Glen Perkins took his first blown save of the year Saturday after giving up a run in the ninth to the A's.

An infield single, a wild pitch and a bloop single to left snapped Perkins' streak of 28 consecutive saves to open the season. Now the only perfect closers left are Francisco Rodriguez (21-for-21), Andrew Miller (19-for-19) and Jonathan Papelbon (15-for-15).
Jul 19 - 12:19 AM

Glen Perkins nailed down his 28th save of the season with a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday's victory over the Orioles.

He caught J.J. Hardy looking to lead off the frame before retiring Matt Wieters and Jonathan Schoop on a groundout and flyout, respectively. American League All-Star Game manager Ned Yost has indicated that Perkins would likely be his closer in the Midsummer Classic and it's easy to see why given that he has a 1.24 ERA and is a perfect 28-for-28 in save opportunities.
Jul 8 - 4:29 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Chris Herrmann
3Eric Fryer
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3Danny Santana
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
2Shane Robinson
CF1Byron Buxton
RF1Torii Hunter
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Miguel Sano
2Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Tommy Milone
7Tyler Duffey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Blaine Boyer
4Casey Fien
5Brian Duensing
6Neal Cotts
7Kyle Gibson
8Trevor May
9Ryan O'Rourke
10A.J. Achter
11Michael Tonkin
12Ryan Pressly