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.

The deadline is 8 PM ET Monday for Shohei Ohtani situation to be resolved

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Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.

Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.

Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.