Mitch Moreland returns to the Rangers’ lineup tonight after missing three games following oral surgery for an abscessed tooth, but Michael Young will be on the bench with a back injury.
Moreland is set to play Young’s usual spot, designated hitter, while Brandon Snyder is getting the start at first base.
Young exited last night’s game with lower back stiffness, but there’s no indication that the Rangers think he’ll miss significant time. He missed just three games in 2011 and five games in 2010.
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.