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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
College: Minnesota
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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. Oct 1 - 11:17 PM

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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.
Sep 20 - 8:19 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.
Sep 16 - 4:46 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.
Sep 14 - 5:32 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.
Sep 12 - 5:05 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.
Sep 9 - 7:32 PM

Glen Perkins was given another cortisone injection for his ailing back injury on Wednesday.

It will be another three days before Perkins can test the back with some throwing. He hasn't appeared in a game since September 1. Kevin Jepsen is serving as the fill-in closer for Minnesota and should already be owned in all leagues.
Sep 9 - 6:05 PM

Glen Perkins could need another cortisone injection for his ailing back injury.

Perkins visited a specialist on Tuesday afternoon but didn't come away with any concrete answers about his lingering back issue. Kevin Jepsen has been filling in at closer for Minnesota. Perkins, 32, hasn't appeared in a game since the first of September.
Sep 8 - 5:59 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor indicated that Glen Perkins (back) is progressing very slowly in his injury recovery.

The Twins are currently on a road trip, but Perkins is unlikely to join the team on their journey. He's been sidelined by back spasms and could barely walk in the clubhouse on Thursday. The Twins are a surprising four games over .500, but remain 12 back in the AL Central. There's no reason for them to push Perkins too hard at this point in the season, particularly given his history of neck and back woes. Kevin Jepsen is serving as closer in his absence.
Sep 7 - 5:38 PM

Glen Perkins (back) won't be with the Twins for the start of their upcoming road trip.

Perkins is still dealing with a back spasm and could barely walk in the clubhouse ahead of Thursday afternoon's series finale at home against the White Sox. Kevin Jepsen is a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues. Perkins, 32, has also missed time this year with a neck injury.
Sep 3 - 11:27 AM

Glen Perkins was unavailable Wednesday due to back stiffness.

Perkins dealt with back issues recently but pitched as recently as Tuesday, earning the save against the White Sox. On Wednesday, that honor went to Kevin Jepsen as Perkins watched. Perkins had a precautionary MRI taken of the back and is likely to stay behind as the team departs on a road trip Friday. The results of the MRI, and how his back feels Thursday, should give a better indication of what he's dealing with.
Sep 2 - 11:10 PM

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

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