OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
3 days ago

Perkins (shoulder) could be moved to the 60-day DL at some point early in the season, which would mean the soonest he could debut would be June 1, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The team will meet with Perkins toward the end of this week to map out a plan, and while general manager Thad Levine does not want to rule out Perkins until June, he admitted it may be best for his long-term availability. "That wouldn't be your first choice, but we also really are much more attentive to how he's pitching in September than to how he's pitching in April or May," Levine said. Perkins will undoubtedly start the season on the disabled list, and then could be moved to the 60-day DL (backdated to the last week of spring training) in order to free up a spot on the 40-man roster, which would provide valuable roster flexibility over the first two months of the season.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
1 week ago

Perkins (shoulder) is throwing pain-free sessions every four days but still has no timetable to face hitters again, Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Although the southpaw is feeling healthy, his velocity in these workouts sits in the upper-70s, nowhere near his usual mid-90s stuff he flaunted back before his shoulder surgery. Between this and the uncertainty lying behind his return to live action seem to have Perkins destined to start the season on the disabled list, although the fact that he isn't experiencing any pain when he throws is still a promising sign.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
2 weeks ago

Perkins (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Friday and is on track to throw another one next week, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins has been building up his arm strength via bullpen sessions all spring, with the ultimate hope of being ready for Opening Day. At this point, however, it's still unclear whether the left-hander has made enough progress to establish a clear timetable for his return. It's already been a long road to recovery for Perkins, who was placed on the 60-day DL last season after appearing in just two games.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
3 weeks ago

Perkins (shoulder) threw 15 pitches off the mound Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. However, there's no timetable for him to face hitters.

EDGE Analysis

The Twins are taking it slowly with Perkins in spring training while he recovers from surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, which limited him to just two appearances in 2016. This was his fifth bullpen session of the spring. It's not clear when he'll be ready to appear in a spring game and it's likely he'll begin the season on the DL as he works his way back, but at least he's making progress.

OUTGlen Perkins
RP MIN
1 month 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
1 month 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 month 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 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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.