Twins' Morneau having "more good days than bad"

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Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has been sidelined since the first week of July due to a concussion and post-concussion symptoms.  And it’s not looking like he is close at all to returning to action.

Morneau told Phil Mackey of Minneapolis’ ESPN 1500 AM on Wednesday that he is having “more good days than bad days” at this point, but also that he still has headaches from time to time.  Because of the knowledge the sports world has gained concerning head injuries and their long-term effects, the Twins aren’t going to activate him until he is fully symptom free.

The big first baseman was posting MVP-like numbers over the first half of the season and could provide a big boost to the playoff-bound Twins if he is able to make an early-October return. 

Through 296 at-bats, Morneau had a .345/.437/.618 batting line, 18 home runs and 56 RBI.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkin’s 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.