Indians will use Brett Myers out of the bullpen when he returns from DL

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Indians manager Terry Francona confirmed that Brett Myers will be used as a reliever when he returns from the disabled list, per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian. Myers has been on the DL since April 20 after suffering from right elbow tendinitis and a mild ulnar collateral ligament sprain. He is expected to join short-season Mahoning Valley on Monday for a rehab assignment, but there is no timetable for the right-hander’s return.

Prior to the injury, Myers posted a disappointing 8.02 ERA in four starts. The Indians had signed him to a one-year, $7 million contract in the off-season, but they do have an $8 million club option for the 2014 season, so they have some interest in seeing him right the ship out of the bullpen.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkin’s 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.