60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
1 day ago

Perkins (shoulder) was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis and will be shut down from throwing for a week after receiving a PRP injection, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's another tough break for the 34-year-old, who hasn't appeared in a game since last April due to ongoing shoulder issues. Perkins was nearing a rehab assignment before suffering this latest setback, and it remains unclear when he'll be able to head out on that assignment. With Brandon Kintzler maintaining a firm grasp on the ninth inning for the Twins, the team will likely continue to move Perkins along slowly.

60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
1 week ago

Perkins (shoulder) threw a simulated inning Tuesday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Apparently Perkins was sitting between 85-89 mph with his fastball, which is down from last season and well down from his mid-90s peak from a few years ago. It's expected that Perkins will begin a rehab assignment in the near future, but the diminished stuff along with the emergence of Brandon Kintzler in the closer role could result in Perkins working in middle relief initially upon activation.

60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
1 week ago

Perkins (shoulder) could embark on a rehab assignment within the next 10 days, Shane Jackson of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins has been steadily progressing through his rehab program, and it seems that he's done enough to convince the Twins to move him into game action soon. The lefty is expected to throw another bullpen session Tuesday, but if all goes well, he very well could ramp up his throwing enough to return before the end of the month.

60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
3 weeks ago

Perkins (shoulder) threw 26 pitches in live batting practice Friday and reported no issues, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's another incremental step for Perkins as he works his way through a rehab program with High-A Fort Myers. The lefty reliever will likely need to repeat such sessions a few more times before appearing in game action, but has shown steady progress while building up strength following labrum surgery. He's still aiming for a return sometime in mid-June.

60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
3 weeks ago

Perkins (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Now that Perkins has thrown another successful bullpen session, he's set to begin a rehab assignment at High-A Fort Myers. He'll report to Fort Myers on Wednesday and work towards being activated mid-June.

60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
4 weeks ago

Perkins (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and is expected to head to extended spring training next week, LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins will throw one more bullpen session Tuesday before getting ready to grind against live hitters at extended spring. Assuming all goes as well as Friday's bullpen session did, Perkins will be able to head out on a minor league rehab assignment and then make his return to the Twins bullpen in mid-June.

60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
1 month ago

Perkins (shoulder) is scheduled for bullpen sessions on both Tuesday and Friday this week , Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

The short-term goal for Perkins is to throw live batting practice, so the upcoming bullpen sessions will go a long way to determining his readiness for facing hitters. After labrum surgery ended his 2016 campaign, the left-hander will need to work his way back into a regular workload, meaning a minor league rehab stint appears to be a necessity. Brandon Kintzler has filled in admirably as the Twins' closer this season, compiling a 1.89 ERA and converting 11-of-12 save chances, so Perkins faces an uphill battle towards becoming the ninth-inning man.

60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
2 months ago

Perkins (shoulder) tossed another 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press's Mike Berardino reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins was reportedly scheduled to throw a 30-pitch bullpen session Tuesday. Even though the left-hander threw five less pitches than the target, it's an encouraging sign, being that it's the first time he's thrown two bullpens on two days' rest since his shoulder surgery on June 23 of last year. The 34-year-old is still most likely a ways off before contributing at the major league level, given that he's on the 60-day DL.

60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
2 months ago

Perkins (shoulder) tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday and is schedule to throw a 30-pitch session Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perkins is slowly but surely ramping up his rehab program following his 2016 labrum surgery. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that the 34-year-old still is not attempting to throw with full velocity, but is throwing at about 80 percent intensity for the time being. Perkins is eligible to return in early June at the absolute earliest, though there's no guarantee he'll be ready at that time.

60DGlen Perkins
RP MIN
3 months ago

Perkins (shoulder) worked a bullpen session and performed long-toss drills Thursday, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reports.

EDGE Analysis

The southpaw continues crawling his way back from 2016 shoulder surgery and doesn't have a clear return timetable. Perkins' placement on the 60-day disabled list guarantees he can't return to major-league action until June 1. Of course, a safe estimation keeps him out longer than that. Even after he resurfaces, he'll likely need to prove worthy before he can reclaim a spot near the back end of the Twins' bullpen.