by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/17/2013) The Twins released reliever Rafael Perez Friday.
Perez had shoulder surgery in the offseason and signed a minor-league deal with the club on Feb. 14. He carried a 2.25 ERA with two strikeouts and three walks in four innings at Triple-A Rochester.
"It didn't look like he was going to be ready to come up here and help us," assistant general manager Rob Antony told MLB.com Friday. "We just decided rather than continuing on with that, that we'd let him go and try to sign with someone else."
Rafael Perez staying with Twins
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Twins reliever Rafael Perez will remain in the team's minors as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery.
Perez is eligible to walk away from his contract Wednesday, but understands that his recovery is taking longer than he anticipated. He'll join the team's Triple-A club in Rochester in order to try and build his arm strength. Perez's agent and the club worked out a "gentleman's agreement" that Perez could opt out of his contract if he's not in the majors at some point during the summer. The exact date has not been disclosed.
Rafael Perez progressing slowly
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/21/2013) Twins pitcher Rafael Perez threw an inning at extended spring training Friday but is progressing slowly in his rehab from a shoulder injury, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Perez's strength "still isn't quite where it needs to be" according to Twins assistant GM Rob Antony. Perez can opt out of his contract if he isn't in the majors by May 1 -- unlikely, given his slow progress -- or he can choose to remain with the Twins as he rehabs.
Rafael Perez ready for live BP
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Twins pitcher Rafael Perez, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, is a step closer to appearing in an extend spring training game.
Perez will throw a live batting practice Thursday, according to The Star Tribune. It will be the first time he has faced live hitters since the procedure as he continues to build strength in his shoulder.
Twins reassign Rafael Perez to minor-league camp
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) The Twins have assigned pitcher Rafael Perez to minor-league camp, the club announced Friday.
Perez, 30, was expected to compete for a job in Minnesota's rotation this spring but shoulder soreness continues to bother him. He'll likely begin the season on the minor-league disabled list.
Rafael Perez gradually progressing
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) Twins pitcher Rafael Perez completed his first full bullpen session of the spring Sunday as he continues to build up strength in his shoulder. Perez entered camp as a possible candidate for the starting rotation before experiencing shoulder soreness that will keep him sidelined for opening day.
Perez needs more time for Twins
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/3/2013) Minnesota pitchers Rich Harden and Rafael Perez are each coming off surgeries to their respective shoulders, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune Sunday. Harden's was more extensive than Perez's. Both hurlers are working towards getting back on a mound and each threw in the bullpen before it was determined they'd need more time. Now, they are each completing long-toss drills.
Perez has first bullpen session
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/17/2013) Minnesota reliever Rafael Perez threw his first bullpen session since joining the roster on Sunday at spring camp, reports MLB.com. Perez is still on a throwing program to rehab from shoulder surgery. "We have plenty of time," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So, we'll see how he is by the end of spring. I know he talked about getting stretched out, so we'll see how that goes. The first part is where we can get him in a game, and we'll go from there. So, we're guarded, but everyone says he feels great."
Twins add Perez to mix
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/14/2013) The Twins announced Thursday they signed pitcher Rafael Perez to a minor-league contract, with an invitation to spring training. "He's filthy," manager Ron Gardenhire said, per the Pioneer Press. The Twins said Perez will compete for a spot in the rotation. He will also be up for a spot in the bullpen. "We just told him if youre one of our five best starters, were not going to turn a blind eye to anything," Twins assistant general manager Ron Antony said.