Twins closer Glen Perkins going for 'complete look' at pitching arm

Glen Perkins is going to see the doctors about his pitching arm.
Glen Perkins is going to see the doctors about his pitching arm. (USATSI)

The Twins have already been eliminated from postseason contention, so at this point they're just hoping to get through the rest of the season healthy. Unfortunately, closer Glen Perkins will be unavailable on Wednesday night not only because he is dealing with a nagging neck problem, but also because he is having his left arm checked out.

Perkins, 31, recently missed about a week with neck stiffness. He has allowed runs in each of his last four appearances and in six of his last eight games, including surrendering five homers. The total damage during that stretch was 10 runs on 12 hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Other than an oblique strain in 2011, Perkins has been healthy since 2009. He missed three weeks with shoulder inflammation in 2009 and more than three months with a shoulder strain way back in 2007. Perkins hasn't had any other arm problems in his career.

Through 63 appearances and 61 2/3 innings this year, Perkins is 34-for-41 in save chances with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. He had a 2.44 ERA in 55 1/3 innings before this rough eight-game stretch. Since moving into the bullpen full-time in 2011, Perkins has a 2.74 ERA and 10.0 K/9 in 256 1/3 innings.

The Twins signed Perkins to a four-year, $22.2 million contract extension during spring training.

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