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15 Glen Perkins RP
Height/Weight: 6-0/215 | Birthdate: 3/2/1983 | Birthplace: St. Paul, MN | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Minnesota | College: Minnesota | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $2,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 81/67 | Average Draft Position: 171.54
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Twins closer Glen Perkins comes to rescue in Thursday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins likely figured his services would not be required late in the Thursday game against Kansas City. His team had taken an 8-3 lead into the top of the ninth.

But pitching mate Brian Duensing allowed two doubles and a single, forcing Perkins into the game. After a wild pitch, he enduced two groundouts to nail down his second save in two days.


Twins' Glen Perkins records first save Wednesday vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins earned his first save of the season Wednesday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 3-1 win over the Royals.

Perkins didn't receive a save opportunity over the first seven games of the season as the Twins were only able to manage one win, but he took advantage of the opportunity Wednesday. He's posted a 3.00 ERA in three innings while striking out three and walking none.


Glen Perkins waiting on first save opportunity for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins hasn't had much work this season. That's because Minnesota hasn't gotten to the ninth inning with any games that need saving. 

The Twins are 1-5, and their only win was by six runs. 

Perkins has appeared once, pitching a perfect ninth inning in a loss, striking out two. 


Twins' Glen Perkins ready for more work in 2015


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Twins first-year manager Paul Molitor could use closer Glen Perkins more this season rather than exclusively save him for save situations, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

"[Molitor] brought it up one day when we started chatting in his office," Perkins said. "I figured it was something he would be on board with, being a little more analytical. But it was his idea. Hopefully it's something that works out. We'll see how it plays out."

The topic was brought up during Molitor's interview with general manager Terry Ryan.

"Terry and I talked about that this winter a little bit," Molitor said. It doesn't happen very often where there's a tie game on the road and you want to get to the ninth inning to have a chance to win. I think there's some pretty sound logic to doing that in certain situations, depending on who else you've got out there and how they're pitching, too."

Perkins has been slowed by an oblique injury this spring but has started to round into form in recent appearances.

"It seems each outing he's a little bit crisper," Molitor said. "His breaking ball was a little better. That's one pitch that's been real slow to come around for him."


Twins bullpen set after Caleb Thielbar sent down to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Twins have optioned left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar down to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

With Thielbar heading down to the minors to start the season, Minnesota's seven-man bullpen will include Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, JR Graham, Blaine Boyer, Mike Pelfrey and Tim Stauffer.


Twins' Glen Perkins retires side in order in minor-league


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins, who was slowed down by an oblique strain earlier in the week, needed only 11 pitches to retire the side in order in a minor-league game on Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

Perkins returned to action from injury on Saturday and has declared himself at full strength leading up to the start of the season.


Glen Perkins at full strength in return to mound for Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Glen Perkins returned to the mound for the Twins on Saturday, after missing more than two weeks with an oblique strain. 

Perkins pitched the fifth inning, giving up a solo home run to former teammate Delmon Young for his only baserunner. Perkins struck out two of the four batters he faced. 

"I feel 100 percent so I can think move on from the oblique and get ready for the season," Perkins said, per MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger.


Twins P Glen Perkins works in minor league game Thursday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/19/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins, who is recovering from a mild oblique strain, went through fielding drills without any issues and threw a scoreless inning Thursday in a game against Triple-A Pawtucket, according to MLB.com and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Perkins has been out of action since pitching against the University of Minnesota on March 4. He threw 14 pitches and reached 90-93 mph on the radar gun during his outing. He is scheduled to pitch again Saturday and Tuesday.

"I felt stronger and better than I did in the Gopher game," Perkins said.


Twins want to use Glen Perkins more in tied games on the road


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters that he's open to using closer Glen Perkins in tied games on the road. According to Molitor, Perkins is also on board with the strategy, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday.

"The whole philosophy of it, I think there's some pretty sound logic to doing it, but it depends on who else you have out there and how they're pitching," Molitor said, per MLB.com. "He thought that however we decided to use him to help us win more games, he was on board."

Perkins went 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 66:11 K:BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings last season while racking up 34 saves. He went 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 22 innings of work in non-save situations last season.


Twins closer Glen Perkins ready to return to game action


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins (oblique) made it through his bullpen session Tuesday, per the Pioneer Press. He will throw in a minor-league game Thursday before pitching in a major-league spring game over the weekend.

Pain-free bullpen session for Twins' Glen Perkins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Glen Perkins threw a 20-25 pitch bullpen session for the Twins on Saturday morning and reported no pain in his right side. Perkins has been sidelined by the injured side since March 6.

“There was no problem today,’’ Perkins told Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune. “I didn’t cut loose completely, although I did let it go more the last few pitches. I'm on optimistic that I can get back on schedule here.''

Barring a setback, Perkins will throw again on Tuesday and pitch in a game on Thursday. 


Twins RP Glen Perkins plays catch without any issues Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan said closer Glen Perkins (oblique) played catch without any issues Friday, per the Pioneer Press. He will throw a bullpen session Saturday.

Twins' Perkins to play catch Friday, might throw off mound Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins, who is sidelined with a mild oblique strain on his right side, said he will play catch Friday, per MLB.com. He could throw off a mound Saturday.

"I haven't felt anything other than when I throw on the mound," Perkins said. "I haven't felt it during long-toss or anything like that."

Perkins said this injury is not as serious as his previous right oblique strain he suffered in 2011 and expects to be ready for the season opener.

"It's not even close to that," Perkins said. "I don't feel anything doing anything. I played long toss, full-out 100 percent, and didn't feel anything. But then I got on the mound and it started hurting right away. So it's just a mild oblique. I don't even know what to call it."


Twins RP Glen Perkins (side) doesn't throw Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins did not throw Monday as he continues to recover from a mild strain in his right side, MLB.com reports.

"On the medical (reports), it isn't anything to be concerned about," general manager Terry Ryan said, per the Pioneer Press. "He's got a little tweak on his right side around the ribcage so we're going to certainly watch it. I don't think it's anything serious, but he hasn't been out there.

"He did not throw today and he won't throw until he's right. I don't think it will be too much longer, but he's not quite right."

The issue has prevented Perkins from taking part in any games this spring. He went 4-3 with a 3.65 ERA and 66:11 K:BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings last season while racking up 34 saves.


Twins pitcher Glen Perkins dealing with side issue


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Twins pitcher Glen Perkins is suffering from a cramping issue in his side, which has caused him to miss recent action, reports the StarTribune. Perkins is expected to throw on the side Monday.

Manager Paul Molitor said he hopes Perkins' side issue is not as bad as the team originally thought, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"That's what we're hoping," he said.

Molitor added that Perkins' side issue may have been caused by a bad belt.


Twins' Glen Perkins feeling healthy heading into games


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Twins reliever Glen Perkins is feeling healthy heading into spring games, according to the Pioneer Press.

Perkins was shut down at the end of last season due to forearm and elbow issues. He hasn't experienced any of those issues this spring. "Really the barometer on how my arm feels is the bite on my slider," Perkins said. "If my slider is loopy, then my arm is probably tired, especially my forearm."

Perkins added that he threw a few sliders during a recent bullpen session, and was happy with how they looked. "I told them it was coming and they swung and missed at a few," he said. "It's got good movement right now. That means obviously I'm fresh, but also I'm strong and healthy."

Perkins is expected to pitch during an exhibition game on Wednesday. He posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season. 


Twins' Molitor will try to keep closer Perkins to one-inning outings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday he is going to do his best to limit closer Glen Perkins to one-inning appearances, per the Pioneer Press.

“I’m not big on trying to expand his role past the ninth inning in the short term,” Molitor said. “Part of the success we hope to have in the bullpen, we’ll be able to have guys that can bridge us, however long our starter goes.

“As the season goes, obviously every once in a while there might be little opportunities, but no, short term, I don’t see that happening. (Perkins) will be starting the inning primarily. Obviously if a lead starts to shrink, sometimes they have to come in for the middle of the ninth. We get that, but I’m going to be pretty standard with that.”


Twins' Glen Perkins says he's 100 percent


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Twins reliever Glen Perkins said he's 100 percent heading into the season, according to MLB.com.

Perkins missed the last two weeks of the regular season due to a forearm injury, but said that's no longer a problem. He took two weeks off once the season concluded, and went for a precautionary MRI just to make sure the injury wasn't serious. "I took two weeks off and started doing shoulder stuff as part of the rehab to strengthen it and everything went well," Perkins said. "I started throwing again in mid-December. The way I've been able to ramp up throwing, everything has been good."

The 31-year-old Perkins posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season.


Twins' Perkins has 'no issues' after missing final weeks of '14 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Twins closer Glen Perkins said he has no concerns about his arm after missing the finals two weeks of the 2014 season due to a strained right forearm and nerve irritation in his left arm, according to the Star Tribune.

Perkins has yet to throw off a mound, but he has been playing catch with Kyle Gibson from 120 feet.

"I’m good, no issues," he said. "My arm has felt really good and, being in Florida the last three weeks, playing catch down there instead of playing catch up here has made a huge difference."

Perkins was an All-Star for a second straight year in 2014. While his ERA rose from 2.30 in 2013 to 3.65 last season, he finished with 30-plus saves for a second straight year. He also struck out 9.6 batters per nine innings.


Jared Burton named the closer for Arizona series


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Jared Burton is expected to remain the closer for the Twins in their upcoming series against the Diamondbacks, while Glen Perkins works his way back from neck and shoulder injuries. Burton has converted 2 of 3 save chances this season, with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 62 innings of work.

Glen Perkins shut down with arm issue


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Twins reliever Glen Perkins has been shut down due to a forearm strain and nerve irritation, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The news is actually somewhat positive for Perkins. His throwing elbow and UCL have no damage at this time, and he's expected to be ready for Spring Training. Perkins finished the year with a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings. 


Glen Perkins injuries not as serious as feared


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Twins closer Glen Perkins has received some good news. An MRI on his arm has revealed nerve issues rather than structural damage.

Perkins has struggled down the stretch after a typically strong season in which he racked up 34 saves.


Glen Perkins to undergo MRI Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Twins closer Glen Perkins will undergo an MRI on his pitching arm Thursday, MLB.com reports.

The test will check his elbow and biceps area after the closer complained of soreness this week. Perkins has surrendered 10 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last eight appearances.


Glen Perkins out, Jared Burton in as closer Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Twins closer Glen Perkins will at least be shut down Wednesday, if not for the year, with neck and shoulder injuries, per MLB.com. The results of an exam by doctors has yet to be revealed. Jared Burton will serve as the closer against Detroit on Wednesday and should remain in that role while Perkins is down.

Report: Twins contemplating shutting down Glen Perkins


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Twins could be considering shutting down closer Glen Perkins for the season, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Ron Gardenhire has admitted he's worried about the struggling veteran left-hander.

"Yes, I'm concerned," he said about Perkins' recent drop in velocity. "We're going to talk with him (Wednesday). There's a lot of frustration involved right now. We're going to definitely talk with him and see where we're at and see how he's feeling because he just came off that (neck/shoulder) thing and he's had a couple outings where we think the velocity is down. We just want him to be honest with us and not hurt himself."

Perkins has blown three of his last five save opportunities, including Tuesday night, when he surrendered a three-run homer to Detroit slugger J.D. Martinez in the ninth inning. He has allowed five homers in his last eight appearances and at least one hit in each of his last nine.