Glen Perkins is “strong and healthy” after late-season arm problems

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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.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.