Mets third baseman David Wright just recently began throwing a baseball for the first time since neck surgery last June. He’s suffered a setback, however, and now won’t throw for “a couple weeks” after being diagnosed with a right shoulder impingement.
He began experiencing shoulder soreness in some of his private throwing sessions in the past week, so the Mets have sent him to New York to get checked out. General manager Sandy Alderson is calling him “questionable” for Opening Day.
The Mets were not sure how much they could get from Wright in 2017 to begin with, but this is nonetheless bad news.
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.