Glen Perkins has learned his lesson about pitching through an injury

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Athletes take honor in their ability to play through pain, even knowing full well that it’s not only a detriment to their own health and performance, but to the team in general. Twins reliever Glen Perkins, recently shut down with a left forearm strain and nerve irritation in his left elbow, decided to pitch through his discomfort despite showing diminished velocity.

It didn’t work. Perkins allowed runs in five of his six appearances in the month of September, including in each of his last four, culminating when he blew a two-run save on Tuesday. The Twins recently decided to end their left-hander’s season, but the good news is that Perkins won’t need surgery.

Perkins seems to have learned his lesson. Via Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:

Would that all athletes learned Perkins’ lesson — it’s rarely, if ever, worth it to play through an injury. Perkins ends his 2014 season with 34 saves, a 3.65 ERA, and a 66/11 K/BB ratio in 61 2/3 innings. Perkins signed a four-year, $22.175 million extension with the Twins back in March, and he’ll earn $4.65 million in 2015 before his salary begins to escalate further.

Reds are the frontrunner for Nicholas Castellanos

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Reds “have emerged as the frontrunner” to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos. Morosi says the Reds and Castellanos “have made progress over the past several days.”

The Reds were going to have a lot of outfielders already when they hit Goodyear, Arizona in a couple of weeks, with newcomer Shogo Akiyama, Jesse Winkler, Nick Senzel, Aristides Aquino, Travis Jankowski, Scott Schebler, and Rule 5 draftee Mark Payton. Senzel was an infielder before last year, of course, so he could move back to the dirt, perhaps. And, of course, the Reds could trade from their outfield surplus if, indeed, they end up with an outfield surplus.

Without question, however, Castellanos would be the big dog, at least offensively, in that setup. He had a breakout year at the plate in 2019, hitting .289/.337/.525 overall (OPS+ 121), but slugging at a blistering .321/.356/.646 pace (OPS+ 151) after being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. In Chicago — rescued from cavernous Comerica Park — his big doubles power turned into big homer power. If he were to sign to play half his season in hitter-friendly Great American Ballpark one can only imagine the damage he’d do.