The Indians designate Mark Grudzielanek for assignment

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Mark Grudzielanek headshot.jpgTough week for aging infielders, no? First Adam Kennedy Everett was DFA’d by the Tigers and now Mark Grudzielanek* gets the same treatment.

Grudzielanek was batting .273/.328/.273 with 11 RBI in 110 at-bats with the Indians this season. He hurt his hammy on Sunday, however, and since the Indians were given special permission by the league office to treat ballplayers like horses, Grudzielanek had no choice but to be put out of his (roster) misery.

Filling Grudzielanek’s spot will be Anderson Hernandez, who has been playing all over the infield in Columbus.  He’s the guy that my fellow Columbusites tend to miss at Huntington Park because we use his at bats for beer runs.  Can’t miss Carlos Santana, after all, can we?

*Pfun Pfact: no one has actually typed Mark Grudzielanek’s name in over eight years. It’s just been repeatedly copied and pasted from previous articles!

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkins’ 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.