Twins closer Glen Perkins is struggling through neck problems again

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For the second straight year a neck injury threatens to ruin Twins closer Glen Perkins’ otherwise outstanding season.

Last year he was cruising along with a 2.44 ERA through late August when he began to struggle while trying to pitch through a neck injury, allowing 10 runs in eight appearances before being shut down in mid-September.

This year Perkins converted each of his first 29 save chances while posting a 1.37 ERA through late July, but he’s allowed eight runs in nine appearances since then and is now in need of a cortisone short and further examination.

For now Perkins remains on the Twins’ active roster, but if the injury is truly similar to last season it’s hard to imagine the three-time All-Star pitching through it.

Addison Russell had an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread

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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stayed overnight in Denver after having an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the clubhouse at Coors Field after Sunday afternoon’s game. Russell spent a couple of hours at a hospital in Denver for observation on Sunday night.

Russell has a shellfish allergy and believes something he ate might have been mistakenly labeled as not having shrimp in it.

The Cubs took two of three games from the Rockies. After Monday’s day off, the Cubs open a brief two-game series in Cleveland for a rematch of the 2016 World Series. Russell flew with the team to Cleveland and believes he will be in good enough shape to play on Tuesday.

Russell, 24, has had a slow start to the season. He’s hitting .219/.324/.281 across 74 plate appearances.