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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
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Twins manager Paul Molitor said Friday that there have been no indications that Glen Perkins (shoulder) is close to resuming a throwing program.
When Perkins went on the disabled list a couple weeks ago, the Twins expressed hope that he could be ready to return when he's eligible or shortly after. Obviously that turned out to be wishful thinking. Perkins has felt improvement with his left shoulder, but obviously he's a ways away from a return. Kevin Jepsen will continue to close while Perkins is out. Apr 29 - 5:43 PM

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Glen Perkins is seeing improvement with his strained left shoulder, but hasn't resumed throwing.

Perkins was recommended to rest and rehab his shoulder after getting a second opinion last week. "His tests are showing more strength every day," said Twins manager Paul Molitor. "I think he’s a ways away but at least he’s going the right way." Kevin Jepsen will continue to fill in at closer for Minnesota.
Apr 25 - 8:07 PM

Glen Perkins was recommended to rest and rehab his strained left shoulder after getting a second opinion from Dr. Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati.

In other words, Kremchek agreed with the Twins' diagnosis. Perkins probably won't be ready when he's first eligible on April 26, but the good news is that surgery won't be required. Kevin Jepsen will continue to fill in at closer, though Trevor May could be a long-term threat for the job if Perkins' injury lingers.
Apr 18 - 8:11 PM

The Twins hope that Glen Perkins (shoulder) will be ready for activation from the disabled list when first eligible on April 26.

General manager Terry Ryan conceded that it could be a few days after that, but more will be known after a second opinion on the results of Perkins' MRI come back. The apparent good news is that it appears the shoulder strain Perkins is dealing with doesn't look to be overly serious. Kevin Jepsen will fill in as the Twins' closer while Perkins is on the shelf.
Apr 15 - 9:36 AM

Twins placed LHP Glen Perkins on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

The severity is currently unclear, but all shoulder injuries come with ominous tones. Perkins blew a save in his first opportunity of the season last Sunday against the Royals, yielding two runs on three hits in a 4-3 loss. He also showed poor velocity all spring after breaking down at the end of 2015. Kevin Jepsen figures to fill in at closer for the Twins over the next few weeks, and perhaps much longer than that. Trevor May could also become a factor for saves at some point.
Apr 13 - 11:14 AM

Glen Perkins may be unavailable for the Twins' home opener on Monday against the White Sox.

Perkins had a 27-pitch outing on Saturday and then blew his first save of the season on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City. Kevin Jepsen could be the guy in the ninth inning Monday as the Twins seek their first win of the 2016 regular season.
Apr 11 - 1:50 PM

Glen Perkins blew his first save of the season Sunday in the Twins' loss to the Royals.

Perkins entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with the Twins leading the host Royals by two runs. He induced a flyout from the first batter he faced, Mike Moustakas, but Lorenzo Cain singled, Eric Hosmer smacked an RBI triple, and then Kendrys Morales tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Trevor May then gave the Royals the win in the bottom of the 10th.
Apr 10 - 5:49 PM

Glen Perkins struck out two in a perfect frame Monday versus the Pirates.

Perkins was banged up in the second half of last year and lost his closer gig as a result, but he's back looking very strong this spring. In five innings, he's allowed just an unearned run and amassed a 6/0 K/BB ratio.
Mar 21 - 4:14 PM

Glen Perkins said Friday that he has had no lingering issues with his back or neck and will enter spring training fully healthy.

The veteran southpaw has already been playing long toss in Florida as he prepares for the 2016 campaign. He has also been extremely encouraged his rehab and workouts with a core specialist. The 32-year-old posted a 3.32 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 54/10 K/BB ratio over 57 frames while recording 32 saves in 2015.
Jan 29 - 6:27 PM

Glen Perkins was credited with the win after a perfect eighth as the Twins topped the Indians 4-2 on Thursday.

A Jose Ramirez error opened the door for the Twins' two run ninth, with the club scoring on a wild pitch and again on a sac fly. Kevin Jepsen then pitched the ninth for his 15th save. Perkins was making his seventh appearance since returning from his latest round of back woes on Sept. 19. Since he's given up runs in three of those outings, he probably won't be getting his closer gig back if the Twins advance to the postseason.
Thu, Oct 1, 2015 11:17:00 PM

Glen Perkins (back) struck out the only batter he faced in his return to the mound Saturday.

Perkins hadn't pitched since September 1 due to a back injury. He should regain his closer job before long.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 08:19:00 AM

Glen Perkins (back) threw a successful 36-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon.

Perkins used both his fastball and slider and had no issues with his back. The closer should be available out of the Twins' bullpen on Friday, but he might be eased into action with some lower-leverage outings. Kevin Jepsen still holds considerable fantasy value.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 04:46:00 PM

Glen Perkins (back) is hoping to be available out of the Twins' bullpen beginning on Friday.

Perkins threw a 31-pitch simulated game Monday with no issues. He'll throw another one Wednesday in what will be his final hurdle before returning to action. The Twins figure to ease Perkins back into the closer's role once he does return. Kevin Jepsen has been handling the ninth inning with Perkins out.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 05:32:00 PM

Glen Perkins (back) played catch from 90 feet on Saturday.

It was Perkins' first time throwing since September 1. Perkins should be back in Minnesota's pen in the near future. Until then, Kevin Jepsen will continue to close.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 05:05:00 PM

Glen Perkins (back) hopes to resume playing catch this weekend.

Perkins just received a cortisone shot in the back on Wednesday, and he told assistant general manager Rob Antony that he was already feeling better Wednesday evening. If he can get back to throwing over the weekend, he could be back in games soon. Perkins hasn't pitched in a game since September 1.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 07:32:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Danny Santana
RF1Miguel Sano
DH1Byung-ho Park
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Kyle Gibson
4Ricky Nolasco
5Jose Berrios
6Tyler Duffey
7Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Trevor May
4Casey Fien
5Michael Tonkin
6Ryan Pressly
7Fernando Abad
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Tommy Milone