Glen Perkins' career is in doubt after he had surgery in July to repair a labrum in his left shoulder that had become completely detached from the shoulder bone. He entered spring training recovering from a bulging disc in his back that prematurely ended his 2015 season. While he was healthy he had a noticeable decline in velocity. Sure enough, he landed on the DL after just two games and chose surgery later in the season. Few pitchers return to their prior form after extensive labrum procedures, so Perkins faces a long road back. The Twins won't be counting on him in any capacity, so he's a long shot to reclaim the closer role.
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. 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.
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. 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. Coupled with the uncertainty lying behind his return to live action, it seems that Perkins is 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.
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. 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.
Perkins (shoulder) threw 15 pitches off the mound Thursday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. However, there's no timetable for him to face hitters. 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.
Perkins (shoulder) successfully threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press reports 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.