Glen Perkins RP MIN 5 Hrs

Perkins is expected to work in back-to-back games Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by a final spring appearance April 4, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

It looks Perkins will be fine for Opening Day barring a setback of some sort. Coming off a bit of a down season in which he finished with a 3.65 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and a career-high seven blown saves, he'll look to return to his form from the previous three seasons. Perkins remains firmly planted in the closer role for the Twins, and an injury would probably be the only scenario in which he's pried from it.

Glen Perkins RP MIN 6 Days

Perkins threw a scoreless inning with two strikeouts in Sarurday's split squad loss to Baltimore. "I think we can move on from the oblique [injury]," Perkins told the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "and just focus on getting ready for the season."

Perkins suffered an oblique strain in his first spring outing and this was his first outing against full major league competition. It looks like he'll be ready for Opening Day.

Glen Perkins RP MIN 9 Days

Perkins (oblique) threw 14 pitches during a scoreless inning in a minor league spring training game Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

He'll next pitch in a big league game on Saturday and Tuesday. Perkins suffered an oblique strain in his first spring outing, but it looks like he'll be ready for Opening Day barring a setback.

Glen Perkins RP MIN 11 Days

Perkins (oblique) will pitch in a minor league game Thursday, the Star Tribune's LaVelle E. Neal reports.

He threw in the bullpen Tuesday with no problems, and now that he is scheduled to get back into game action, even if it's just against minor leaguers, there is reason to be optimistic that he will be ready to go for Opening Day.

Glen Perkins RP MIN 17 Days

Perkins (oblique) is scheduled to play catch Friday and could throw off a mound as soon as Saturday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

A mild right oblique strain, suffered during Perkins' Grapefruit League debut, has prevented the left-hander from throwing for close to a week now. However, it sounds like he's close to resuming his throwing program, with a return to elevated ground possible this weekend. If he can return to spring action next week, Perkins should still have enough time to ramp up toward Opening Day.

Glen Perkins RP MIN 19 Days

Perkins will not pitch for a least a week due to a strain in his right side, the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I don't know what it is," he said, "It's oblique-ish something. Hopefully it's not bad. It's like a pull more than a strain."

Perkins' injury was first reported as a minor cramp after he felt some discomfort after pitching Friday, but he postponed a planned Monday throwing session and now there's talk it could be a strained oblique muscle. He's set to be further examined by team medical staff. It sounds like this could be an issue that puts his availability for the start of the regular season at risk since a strained oblique muscle typically requires two to six weeks of recovery.

Glen Perkins RP MIN 19 Days

Perkins has a mild strain in his right side, according to general manager Terry Ryan, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

He missed Monday's planned throwing session, so there's a chance the injury could be more serious than the Twins let on initially. Prospective owners should continue to monitor Perkins' status this week, as a return to throwing out of the bullpen in the near future would be key in establishing some confidence that he will be ready for Opening Day. The Twins' pitchers with the most electric late-inning stuff are all minor leaguers, so Casey Fien could be first in line if Perkins misses any time and the team wants to go with someone with big league experience. However, if Alex Meyer does not win the fifth spot in the rotation, he could also serve as a dominant option at the back of the bullpen.

Glen Perkins RP MIN 20 Days

Perkins had discomfort in his side after his first spring outing and has been held out of throwing sessions the past few days, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The issue is "not as bad as originally thought. That's what we're hoping," manager Paul Molitor said.

The injury is being described as just a cramp and sounds minor, but track his progress this spring. He did some long toss Sunday and is expected to throw a side session Monday.

Glen Perkins RP MIN 24 Days

Perkins, who missed the final week of last season with a left forearm strain and secondary nerve irritation in his elbow, threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout in Wednesday's exhibition win over the University of Minnesota.

Perkins was one of the few veterans in the game since he played at the University of Minnesota. Perkins sounds fully healthy as spring training begins despite last year's elbow issues, but it's worth monitoring his health during the spring. New manager Paul Molitor has said he'll likely use Perkins in a traditional ninth-inning only role and not use him earlier in games for saves of more than than three outs.

Glen Perkins RP MIN 2 Months

Perkins said he is fully recovered from the left forearm injury that caused him to miss the final two weeks of the 2014 season, mlb.com reports.

Perkins resumed throwing in mid-December, and he recently said that he will be ready for the beginning of spring training. His situation is still worth keeping an eye on throughout February and March, just in case something crops up when Perkins ramps up his throwing regimen.