Glen Perkins
RP FA
2 months ago

The Twins informed Perkins on Wednesday that the team won't exercise its option for Perkins' contract for the 2018 season, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins has dealt with a severe shoulder injury over the last two seasons. As a result, he's pitched just 7.2 innings across 10 games in that time. Over said stretch he's allowed eight runs on 13 hits and six walks. With the twins opting to not pick up his option, Perkins, who'd thrown for an ERA of 3.65 or below in each of the five seasons prior to his injury, will become a free agent. However, because Perkins is 34 years old and coming off a significant injury, his fantasy value is rather limited.

Glen Perkins
RP FA
4 months ago

Perkins (shoulder) was activated prior to Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader against Cleveland, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins is making his return to the mound after landing on the disabled list in mid-April of 2016. The left-hander has suffered multiple setbacks following labrum surgery, but appears to be at full health after appearing in six rehab outings over the course of the last month. His most recent appearance came Aug. 14 with Double-A Chattanooga, tossing a scoreless inning while adding in two strikeouts. Moving forward, Perkins figures to work his way back into high-leverage situations, although manager Paul Molitor may ease him along in hopes of keeping the 34-year-old in good condition. Since 2011, Perkins has been a key reliever for the Twins, and performed well during his role as the closer from 2013-2015, earning 30-plus saves in each of those seasons.

Glen Perkins
RP FA
4 months ago

Perkins (shoulder) pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts during his rehab appearance with Double-A Chattanooga, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

It is likely the final rehab appearance for Perkins, as the 30-day rehab window closes on Monday. Perkins allowed five runs and five walks with 10 strikeouts over 7.1 innings across eight rehab appearances at three levels. The 34-year-old has been dealing with shoulder issues after undergoing labrum surgery last year, and hasn't pitched in the majors since April 2016.

Glen Perkins
RP FA
4 months ago

Perkins (shoulder) is scheduled to report to Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday and make three appearances with the club before potentially being activated from the 60-day disabled list next week, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins seems to be nearing the final stage of his lengthy rehab and recovery from major surgery on his throwing shoulder, which he underwent 13 and a half months ago. The 34-year-old has already made five rehab appearances between the Twins' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate and High-A Fort Myers and will toss an extended bullpen session Monday before joining Chattanooga. After pitching Thursday for Chattanooga, Perkins is in line to make back-to-back appearances Sunday and Monday. If all goes well, he could rejoin the Twins, though it's unclear if the three-time All-Star would have a key late-inning role awaiting him, even with the recent trade of closer Brandon Kintzler leaving the back of the bullpen quite unsettled.

Glen Perkins
RP FA
5 months ago

Perkins threw eight pitches in a one-innig rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The most impressive news is that Perkins touched 90 miles per hour on the radar gun and fanned two batters. It seems like the left-hander held up well and is looking like his old self, although given his extensive injury history, the Twins will likely take things slowly as he works his way back to the major-league bullpen.

Glen Perkins
RP FA
5 months ago

Perkins (shoulder) could appear in a game as soon as Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

After getting through Friday's bullpen session unscathed, Perkins is expected to face live hitters Wednesday. If all goes well, he could be cleared to head out on a rehab assignment shortly thereafter, potentially even over the weekend. It's unclear how long said rehab assignment would be, although given how fragile he's proven to be during his rehab, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Twins take the cautious approach in this situation.

Glen Perkins
RP FA
5 months ago

Perkins (shoulder/biceps) threw off a mound and played catch Thursday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The next step for Perkins will be to throw another live bullpen session, which is currently set for Friday. Owners should remain cautious for now, as this is the second attempt at coming back from injury the reliever has made after bicep tendinitis stopped him the first time.

Glen Perkins
RP FA
5 months ago

Perkins (shoulder/biceps) is scheduled to throw off a mound Thursday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This is positive news, as it appears Perkins' rehab is back on track after a bout of biceps tendinitis forced him to pause his throwing program. The 34-year-old will work his way up to facing live hitters before eventually returning to a rehab assignment, at which point there should be a clearer idea about his possible return date.

Glen Perkins
RP FA
5 months ago

Perkins (shoulder/biceps) resumed playing catch Tuesday after a week long break, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins was shut down last week with biceps tendinitis, one of the many setbacks he's incurred over the past year while rehabbing his injured shoulder. He'll will continue to play catch until he's able to resume a throwing program. Perkins is still a ways away from returning to the majors, and the Twins will likely continue to take it slow with the oft-injured 34-year-old.

Glen Perkins
RP FA
6 months ago

Manager Paul Molitor said Perkins (shoulder, biceps) could resume throwing after he receives a cortisone shot, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The cortisone could come as soon as Tuesday, according to Molitor, but it doesn't help to be hopeful with Perkins, who was progressing in his shoulder rehabilitation before being shut down due to biceps tendinitis. It's still a long road back for the reliever, who hasn't pitched in the majors since April of 2016.