The Athletics have placed starter Kendall Graveman on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder and promoted catcher Bruce Maxwell from Triple-A Nashville, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Slusser notes that it’s possible that Graveman only misses one start before returning.
Graveman, 26, has gotten off to a great start, posting a 3.00 ERA with a 12/5 K/BB ratio in 18 innings over his first three outings.
Maxwell, 26, impressed in his major league debut last season, hitting .283/.337/.402 in 101 plate appearances in the second half.
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.