OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
5 days ago

Perkins (shoulder) successfully threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press reports

EDGE Analysis

It was the third bullpen session this spring for Perkins and was more intense than either of the other two. The three-time All-Star is seeking to put together a solid spring in order to have a shot at a bullpen position, but could still open the year on the disabled list. Nonetheless, the gradual progress is encouraging after Perkins played just two games last season before undergoing labrum surgery. Look for him to get closer to game action within the coming weeks.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
6 days ago

Perkins (shoulder) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Twins are take it slowly with Perkins in the spring while he recovers from surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, which limited him to just two appearances in 2016. There's plenty of risk of Perkins failing to return to the form that made him record three 30-plus-save seasons in a row, and he could be forced to spend the beginning of 2017 on the DL if he's unable to pitch in Grapefruit League games by the time the spring ends. Perkins will need to make demonstrable progress in the coming weeks if he hopes to displace Brandon Kintzler as the team's closer to begin the season.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
1 week ago

Perkins (shoulder) threw a second bullpen session Saturday, but could still open the year on the disabled list, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Paul Molitor estimated that Perkins threw at 75 percent intensity Saturday, as he continues to make gradual progress in his return from shoulder surgery. He will be allowed to "help steer the ship" of his rehab plan, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Given the severity of the injury and where Perkins is at in his career, he cannot afford major setbacks, so the progression should remain gradual. The Twins' bullpen is going to be pretty fluid, and Perkins has experience on his side, but this recent surgery along with a decline in stuff and effectiveness could prevent him from seeing save opportunities this season.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
1 week ago

Perkins (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins threw one Tuesday, his first since the surgery he underwent to repair a torn labrum. He's probably not going to be ready by Opening Day or some time after that, so he may struggle to regain access to important fantasy innings, including save chances. Continue to monitor his spring progress.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
2 weeks ago

Perkins (shoulder) threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There were no setbacks during the light bullpen session, which is big news for Perkins, who has been out since early last season with a torn labrum. Although it is good news he is finally throwing off a mound, it is still unlikely he'll be ready by opening day. His situation will become more clearer as he continues to progress his workouts throughout spring.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
3 weeks ago

Contrary to a prior report, Perkins (shoulder) did not suffer a setback and rather just needs more time to work on arm strength before he takes a mound, according to LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

EDGE Analysis

Multiple sources reported that the left-hander had in fact felt a "catch" behind his recovering shoulder, but this report seems to quell those concerns. Regardless, this news still makes a return for Opening Day more unlikely, meaning that you'll have to suffer through a DL stint before getting any results from Perkins. His situation should become clearer once he works out more during spring training.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
3 weeks ago

Perkins has felt a "catch" behind his shoulder and won't throw off a mound Friday as planned, Patrick Reusse of ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins underwent season-ending shoulder surgery for a torn labrum in June and had been throwing 120-foot long toss at low intensity. Perkins was scheduled to throw off a mound four times in early February before joining the team for spring training. It was thought he could begin the season on the DL as he works his way back from the surgery and this news makes it more likely he won't be ready for Opening Day. His ability to return to full strength this season is still uncertain.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
1 month ago

Perkins (shoulder) is progressing well from surgery but may open the season on the disabled list, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. "It's going to be down to the finish line at the end of spring training whether I'm ready or not," said Perkins on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran reliever underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in June and has been only able to ramp up to 120-foot long toss at low intensity thus far in his rehab. According to Berardino, Perkins is scheduled to throw off a mound four times in early February before joining the team for spring training. It appears that the Twins will be cautious with his throwing program throughout the spring until he regains full strength in his throwing shoulder. More updates on Perkins will follow as spring training gets underway, but at this point, he's a question mark heading into Opening Day.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
3 months ago

Perkins (shoulder) is making "solid progress" in his return from shoulder surgery and it's not unreasonable to think that he may be ready to pitch in spring training games, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

As a reliever, Perkins will not need a heavy volume of innings during Grapefruit League play to be ready for Opening Day. However, he's returning from a major injury, and the timetable for his return could be shifted back as needed if he experiences any setbacks in the coming months. Perkins is returning from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder, and as a result, he should be considered a long shot to return to his pre-2016 form -- at least initially -- upon returning.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
4 months ago

Perkins (shoulder) began throwing lightly three weeks ago and feels he could be to throw at the start of spring training. "I've thrown the ball 75 feet at about 50 percent effort. So I'm still a really long ways away from even throwing off a mound," Perkins told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I know I've made progress, but there's still a lot more to be made."

EDGE Analysis

Perkins underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder June 23. The procedure was more extensive than expected as his labrum had become completely detached from the shoulder bone. The odds of Perkins returning back to his prior All-Star form seem unlikely, but he's on track to be able to try to revive his career in spring training.