Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins is “fully recovered” from a forearm injury that ended his season early last September and the 31-year old lefty will be ready for Spring Training, according to MLB.com.
Perkins, who was named to his second straight All-Star team last summer, was shut down for the final two weeks of last season after suffering a strain and nerve irritation in his left arm. He has been able to begin his throwing program on time and his workouts will pick up steam when he goes to Florida later this week.
The St. Paul, MN native has seen his career take off since transitioning to the bullpen in 2011. Perkins became the closer towards the end of the 2012 season and he has put up back-to-back 30+ save seasons. Twins relievers pitched 521.2 innings last year, which was the fourth highest total across the Majors, and knowing that the anchor of their bullpen is healthy heading into Spring Training should come as a huge boost for both the team and first year pitching coach Neil Allen, who joins the Twins after eight years of coaching in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system.
Twins fans hope to see more save opportunities come about for Perkins after an off-season full of change which brings a little more optimism to the Twin Cities. Longtime manager Ron Gardenhire was fired and replaced by Paul Molitor, who brought in a brand new coaching staff which included Allen. The team signed starting pitcher Ervin Santana to a four-year deal with hopes of giving a boost to what was arguably the worst starting rotation in baseball last season and they brought back outfielder Torii Hunter to the team the drafted him after seven years away from the organization.
The team also avoided arbitration and signed lefty specialist Brian Duensing to a one year deal late last week to further sure up the bullpen. Duensing, 31,posted a 3.31 ERA over 62 appearances and 54.1 innings last season. It was the best ERA posted by Duensing since 2010 when he spent time in both the starting rotation and bullpen.