Glen Perkins diagnosed with forearm inflammation

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Glen Perkins coughed up an eighth-inning lead and took the loss yesterday afternoon against the Rangers and rather than travel with the Twins to New York he stayed in Minnesota to undergo an MRI exam on his sore arm

Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that no structural damage was found and Perkins has been diagnosed with forearm inflammation.

Perkins thrived moving from the rotation to the bullpen last season, adding several miles per hour to his fastball and dominating in the first half, but he seemed to wear down late in the season and has allowed five runs in five outings this year.

He signed a $10.3 million contract extension last month and is by far the best reliever in a Twins bullpen that was the worst in baseball last year. In his absence Brian Duensing and Jared Burton will be used to set up closer Matt Capps, which could get ugly versus the Yankees’ lineup.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.