60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 1 day ago

Perkins (shoulder) has begun a throwing program, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perkins, who has been sidelined since mid-April with a shoulder strain, is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session later this week. Kevin Jepsen has been working as the Twins' closer to limited success, so if Perkins is able to avoid any setbacks during the rehab process, he could reclaim his spot as the team's preferred ninth-inning man.

60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 5 days ago

Perkins (shoulder) was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perkins recently experienced a setback in his recovery due to stiffness in his injured shoulder. It was originally thought that he would just take the week off and continue rehabbing, but this move could mean his shoulder issues are severe. Moving Perkins off the 40-man roster simultaneously created space for relief pitcher Buddy Boshers to be called up to the majors.

60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 1 week ago

Perkins (shoulder) has suffered a setback in his recovery, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perkins was originally scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday, but that workout has now been cancelled due to some stiffness he experienced following Friday's long toss. The Twins will likely give the reliever a bit of time to rest before scheduling another session. In the meantime, Kevin Jepsen appears in line to continue to handle closer duties in Minnesota.

60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 3 weeks ago

Perkins (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on May 23, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perkins is set to throw Wednesday for the fourth time since landing on the disabled list early in the season. He'll progress to throwing bullpens in roughly two weeks, but he'll likely need to get through several of those sessions before the Twins consider sending him out on a rehab assignment. Kevin Jepsen, who has been serving as the Twins' closer in Perkins' absence, allowed two runs in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game to earn the loss for Minnesota.

60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 3 weeks ago

Perkins (shoulder) has been playing catch from out to 60 feet, the Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perkins has a strained shoulder and an exam also showed some fraying of the labrum. It's good to finally see him make some progress, but there's no timetable for his return.

60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 1 month ago

Perkins is still in the process of strengthening his shoulder, LaVelle Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

No timetable has been offered up for Perkins' return, and it's unclear as to when he may be ready to resume throwing. Kevin Jepsen remains the Twins' current option to close out games, although he has not recorded a save since April 16.

60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 1 month ago

Manager Paul Molitor said Friday that there are no indications that Perkins (shoulder) is getting close to throwing, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This contradicts Perkins' last statement that he believed he'd begin throwing this week. He is without a timetable to return, and his status will be updated when that prognosis changes. It has been a rocky run for Kevin Jepsen as the Twins' closer, but all indications are that Molitor is comfortable with him in the ninth inning. Trevor May would be next in line for saves if Jepsen's struggles continue.

60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 1 month ago

Perkins (shoulder) said he believes he'll be able to begin throwing by the end of the week, Derek Wetmore of 1500 ESPN reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perkins continues to nurse a strained throwing shoulder, but the Twins received positive news last week when it was decided Perkins would not require surgery. His recovery will be somewhat lengthy, however, and he remains without any sort of clear return timeline. Barring a setback over the next handful of days, Perkins expects to begin playing catch by the weekend.

60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 1 month ago

Perkins (shoulder) has not progressed to the point where he can begin a throwing program, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perkins was diagnosed with a shoulder strain and also fraying of the labrum. His injury won't require surgery, but will instead need rest and rehab. There's no clear timetable for his return, but it sounds like he could be out months. Kevin Jepsen has taken over as the closer with Perkins out.

60DGlen Perkins RP MIN 1 month ago

After a second opinion, Perkins will avoid surgery on his strained shoulder, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Instead, general manager Terry Ryan stated Perkins will follow a regimen that includes rest and rehab.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perkins' initial diagnosis also included fraying of the left-hander's labrum, which is the most worrisome part of his current quandary. While he'll require more than the 15-day minimum to be healthy enough to return to the 25-man roster, surgery has been ruled out at this time. Closer duties for the Twins can be expected to be handled by a combination of Kevin Jepsen and Trevor May, at least at the outset of Perkins' absence.