In late August closer Glen Perkins was cruising along to another fantastic season for the Twins with a 2.44 ERA and 64/9 K/BB ratio in 55 innings when forearm and elbow problems popped up.
Perkins struggled for the rest of the year, first trying to pitch through the injury and then finally shutting things down in mid-September after allowing 10 runs–including five homers–in the span of eight appearances.
Because of how his season ended Perkins’ health was a big question mark all winter, but after facing live hitters for the first time this spring–and tossing some particularly good sliders–the left-hander pronounced himself “strong and healthy.”
As part of a below-market contract extension signed last spring Perkins is under the Twins’ control through 2018 and since shifting to the bullpen full time in 2011 the Minnesota native has a 2.74 ERA and 286/63 K/BB ratio in 256 innings to emerge as one of baseball’s top lefty relievers.
Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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