Perkins (shoulder) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session Wednesday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
The Twins are take it slowly with Perkins in the spring while he recovers from surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder, which limited him to just two appearances in 2016. There's plenty of risk of Perkins failing to return to the form that made him record three 30-plus-save seasons in a row, and he could be forced to spend the beginning of 2017 on the DL if he's unable to pitch in Grapefruit League games by the time the spring ends. Perkins will need to make demonstrable progress in the coming weeks if he hopes to displace Brandon Kintzler as the team's closer to begin the season.
Keuchel (shoulder) isn't expected to make his Grapefruit League debut until early March, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Keuchel suggested he's not behind the curve in his recovery from a bout of shoulder inflammation that sidelined him late last season, but it sounds like the Astros aren't inclined to overextend him early on in the spring. He already resumed throwing off a mound last week and came through the session without incident, and is still on track to make about five starts during spring training. The former Cy Young award winner saw his numbers decline considerably a season ago, but with some better luck on balls in play and a reduction in his home-run rate closer to what he provided in 2014 and 2015, it's not unrealistic to expect him to turn in a sub-4.00 ERA in 2017.
Kelly shortened the arm action in his delivery last season when he was moved to the bullpen full time, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports. After moving to the pen, Kelly had a 1.02 ERA and 1.019 WHIP, striking out 21 and walking five over 17.2 innings.
Instead of raring back and seeing how high he could register on the radar gun, Kelly kept his arm closer to his body, an adjustment that led to a more consistent release point and allowed him to stay on top of his pitches. That in turn led to consistent location of those pitches -- a fastball directed to the outside corner, stayed on the corner. And likewise pitches thrown on the inside corner. No longer were his pitches leaking over the plate where they could get hammered. It's a whole new world for Kelly in the pen. He'll be an important setup piece for closer Craig Kimbrel and will get fireman duty in high-leverage, non-save situations.
Correa (teeth) logged a workout Tuesday and was able to take about 50 swings in the batting cage, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.
Correa's start to spring training was delayed after he had his wisdom teeth removed last week, but his activity Tuesday suggests any lingering pain in his mouth is no longer an issue. The shortstop should soon resume doing the same workouts as the rest of his teammates and doesn't look to be in any danger of missing the beginning of Grapefruit League play.
Dvorak scored the opening goal during Monday's win over Anaheim.
With six goals and nine points through his past nine games, the rookie is catching fire and returning excellent offensive numbers. Dvorak scored 52 goals and 121 points with the London Knights last season, so there is significant offensive upside, and a solid finish to the season isn't out of the question. Dvorak is a potential add in deeper seasonal leagues and currently checks out a low-priced option in daily contests.
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