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Glen Perkins | Relief Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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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

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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

Glen Perkins (neck) won't pitch on Wednesday night.

Perkins, who's been dealing with neck discomfort all month, allowed a three-run homer to blow a save opportunity on Tuesday. He was scheduled to be examined by Twins team doctors on Wednesday afternoon. Jared Burton will close if needed Wednesday versus Detroit.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 05:25:00 PM

Glen Perkins served up a three-run home run to blow a save opportunity against the Tigers Tuesday.

Perkins put runners on the corners with one out and a two-run lead. He then got the dangerous Victor Martinez to pop out, lending hope to the idea that he might get out of the jam unscathed. A J.D. Martinez three-run homer dashed that hope, serving Perkins with his seventh blown save of the season. He stuck around to get the win, but it's little consolation for Perkins' owners. The closer has now allowed runs in four of his last five outings.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 11:19:00 PM

Glen Perkins allowed a solo home run but nothing more, earning the save in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

After blowing a save and taking the loss Saturday, Perkins got right back on the horse to get the save Sunday. He served up a solo homer to Jose Abreu -- not the first pitcher to get victimized by Abreu -- but he closed out the game without incident after that. He's been shaky since late August, but Perkins is still the guy in Minnesota and he needs to be started while he's getting saves.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 05:24:00 PM

Glen Perkins blew his seventh save of the season as the Twins dropped the second half of a doubleheader Saturday night against the White Sox.

The Twins also lost the first game, 5-1. They carried a 6-5 lead into the bottom of the fifth inning in the nightcap, but Perkins walked Jose Abreu and then served up a two-run walkoff shot to Dayan Viciedo. He was bothered earlier this month by a neck injury and might not be completely over it yet.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 11:23:00 PM

Glen Perkins (neck) was cleared to return to action Thursday.

Perkins hasn't pitched since last Friday due to soreness in his neck, but he's made significant progress in recent days and is ready for the next save chance when it presents itself. The left-hander holds a 2.88 ERA and 65/10 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings this season while converting 33-of-38 save opportunities.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 09:37:00 AM

Glen Perkins (neck) is aiming to return Wednesday.

Perkins has been sidelined since Friday due to soreness in his neck, but an MRI taken this weekend showed no structural damage and he felt fine after throwing off a mound on Tuesday afternoon. Jared Burton has been serving as the Twins' fill-in at closer.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 04:05:00 PM

An MRI taken Saturday evening on Glen Perkins' neck showed no structural damage.

Perkins has been out since Friday with neck soreness but should be able to return to action early next week. Jared Burton is thought to be the fill-in closer for the Twins, but he probably isn't worth picking up.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 07:45:00 PM

Glen Perkins is out with a sore neck again Saturday versus the Angels.

Perkins missed Friday as well with the neck injury, which is thought to be fairly minor. Jared Burton would close in his place if the opportunity arises. Perkins has a 2.88 ERA with 33 saves this year for the Twins.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 04:54:00 PM

Glen Perkins was unavailable for Friday's game against the Angels because of a stiff neck.

After working three of the previous four days, he was due for a night off anyway. Perkins should be ready to pitch at some point this weekend. Jared Burton was to close in his place tonight, but he ended up taking a loss after entering a tie game in the 10th.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 01:14:00 AM

Glen Perkins gave up a two-run walk-off home run to suffer the blown save against the Royals on Tuesday.

Called on to protect a one-run lead, the Royals saw just four pitches to hand Perkins his fifth blown save of the season. Alcides Escobar led off the ninth with a single before Alex Gordon swatted a game-winning two-run homer. Perkins had been pretty good recently, not allowing a run in his last seven appearances before Tuesday, so it was likely just a bump in the road for the 31-year-old.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 11:28:00 PM