Brian Roberts left Orioles camp yesterday to have X-rays on his sore neck and the news is mostly positive.
Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that Roberts will skip today’s workouts, but “said his neck feels better” and hopes to be back on the field Friday after getting some treatment to “just try to get it calmed down.”
There was some concern about Roberts’ neck soreness possibly being related to the back problems that caused him to miss nearly the entire first half of last season, but so far at least there’s nothing to indicate that’s the case.
According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.
Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.
Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.