Jeff Francoeur made a relief appearance for the El Paso Chihuahuas

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This, shockingly enough, is not a prank. With the El Paso Chihuahuas (Padres affiliate) getting blown out by the Las Vegas 51’s (Mets affiliate), outfielder Jeff Francoeur took the mound for some mop-up duty. Francoeur had never pitched in his professional career dating back to 2002.

Francoeur retired Allan Dykstra on a fly ball to center, and Zach Lutz and Juan Centeno on ground outs to second base for a 1-2-3 inning. Not bad.

On the offensive side of things, Francoeur went 1-for-4 with a single against the 51’s. He entered the afternoon slashing .207/.217/.362 in 60 trips to the plate at Triple-A.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkins’ 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.