• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Twins RP Glen Perkins (back) expected to be ready on Friday

    Twins closer Glen Perkins (back) will be available Friday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Perkins has not pitched since Sept. 1, as he's dealt with back spasms, but it appears the issue is now behind him. He figures to serve in more of a setup role upon his return, yielding to Kevin Jepsen as the closer.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Twins RP Kevin Jepsen suffers a blown save Wednesday

    Handed a 2-1 lead in the ninth inning, Twins reliever Kevin Jepsen suffered his fifth blown save of the season by giving up two runs on four hits in Wednesday's loss to Detroit. It was Jepsen's first blown save out of eight save attempts since being traded to Minnesota and moving to the closer role with Glen Perkins hurt. Perkins is making progress in his return from back injury, but Jepsen is still likely to remain the closer for the next week or so as Perkins will be used in a setup role initially. Perkins may never return to the closer role, given that he hasn't been able to stay healthy since receiving two cortisone shots for a bulging disc in his neck on Aug. 19.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Twins RP Kevin Jepsen shaky, but gets 11th save on Saturday

    Twins reliever Kevin Jepsen survived a dicey ninth inning to collect his 11th save of the season on Saturday. Jepsen, who continues to fill in for the injure Glen Perkins, entered the game in the ninth inning with the Twins leading the Astros 3-1. But the right-hander allowed a pair of hits and a pair of walks, leading to a run. But, with two outs and the bases loaded, a diving, tumbling catch by Byron Buxton allowed Jepsen and the Twins to escape with the win. Saturday snapped a string of 16 consecutive scorless outings for Jepsen. But he successfully converted his sixth straight save opportunity.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Twins' Perkins won't go on road trip; Jepsen to close in his absence

    Twins closer Glen Perkins will not go on the team's nine-game road trip, which begins Friday at Houston, due to his lingering back injury. The Twins don't return home until Sept. 14 vs. Detroit. "I honestly don't know what happened. I pitched Tuesday. That day I would have said I felt 90-95 percent," Perkins said, per 1500ESPN.com. "Everything was good, everything was fine, I pitched, I didn't think anything of it after the game. Then when I woke up [Wednesday], I couldn't get out of bed. It completely blindsided me. "I don't feel any better today [Thursday]. It's going to take a little bit more time this time." Manager Paul Molitor said Kevin Jepsen will fill-in as closer in Perkins' absence. "It's a tough thing. Because you can't really inject it, it's not an injury that needs that type of attention," Molitor said of Perkins' injury. "There's not really anything you can do other than to try to find ways to calm it down and do what you can to see if you can get him back out there. "There's a chance, at least in my mind, that this could be something that lingers. Might have some good days, some bad days here on out."

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Twins RP Kevin Jepsen shuts down White Sox for 10th save

    The continued uncertainty over the health and performance of veteran Twins closer Glen Perkins resulted in teammate Kevin Jepsen serving as closer Wednesday night against the White Sox. And he was up to the task. Jepsen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 10th save of the season. He fanned Jose Abreu along the way.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Twins RP Kevin Jepsen strikes out two, records ninth save

    Twins relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen recorded his ninth save of the season on Friday against the Astros. Jepsen allowed two hits, but struck out two batters without allowing a run in the ninth inning. He now has a 2.44 ERA this season.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Twins' Kevin Jepsen notches save No. 7 on Saturday

    In the absence of closer Glen Perkins, Twins reliever Kevin Jepsen picked up his second consecutive save on Saturday. Jepsen proteced a 3-2 victory over the Orioles, needing just nine pitches to retire the side in order. Jepsen now has seven saves on the year, and hasn't allowed a run since he gave up two in his first outing as a Twin back on August 2.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Twins' Kevin Jepsen records sixth save of year

    Twins reliever Kevin Jepsen struck out the side in a perfect ninth inning, to save a one-run lead against Baltimore on Friday. Jepsen earned his sixth save of the year and his first save since June 14. He recorded his ninth scoreless outing in a row.

  • by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer

    Molitor: Kevin Jepsen to fill-in as closer while Glen Perkins is out

    It is not yet known how long Twins closer Glen Perkins will be out for. Perkins is heading back to Minnesota to undergo tests on his ailing neck, and is expected to miss Wednesday's game at the very least. So while Perkins is out, manager Paul Molitor has tabbed newcomer Kevin Jepsen as the short-term closer, according to MLB.com. Jepsen, who was acquired at the trade deadline, has five saves this season, with all of them coming as a member of the Rays. The five saves represent a career-high for the eight-year veteran.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Twins get Trevor Plouffe back, demote Danny Santana and Jorge Polanco

    The Twins activated third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who had been on paternity leave, and pitcher Kevin Jepsen, who was acquired in a trade-deadline deal with Tampa Bay. To make room, the team optioned shortstop Danny Santana to Triple-A Rochester and shortstop Jorge Polanco to Double-A Chattanooga, per MLB.com. Santana was hitting .219 with the Twins this season. Polanco hit .429 in three games.