Didi Gregorius announces his return with homer in first at-bat

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Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius homered on the first pitch he saw this season, a Phil Hughes fastball that went into the Yankee Stadium stands in left-center. A week later Gregorius was hit in the head with a Josh Outman fastball and had to go on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Gregorius was activated for today’s game, the series finale in San Diego. As if on cue, the 23-year-old homered in his first at-bat back, taking an Edinson Volquez sinker out to right field. In 30 plate appearances, Gregorius was carrying a .407/.448/.778 line up until he was injured, and has only improved that with his performance today against the Padres.

The D-Backs acquired Gregorius from the Cincinnati Reds in a three-way trade in December and he was rated the #63 overall prospect by MLB.com heading into the 2013 season.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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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.