According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins made a couple of roster moves early this morning.
Glen Perkins, a successful left-handed reliever, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique. He will leave behind a 1.59 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP and a dominant .171/.256/.200 slash line against left-handed batters. The expectation is that he will miss around three weeks.
Replacing Perkins on the Twins’ 25-man roster will be left-hander Dusty Hughes, who opened the regular season in the major leagues but got demoted to the minors in early May after surrendering 16 hits and 12 earned runs in his first 10 2/3 innings. He hasn’t fared much better at Triple-A Rochester and could struggle again to retire big league hitters.
The Twins are 15-29 this season and currently sit 13 1/2 games back of the Indians in the AL Central.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.