Glen Perkins cleared for spring training debut

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Glen Perkins’ comeback from last season’s September arm problems has been delayed by an oblique strain, but the Twins closer has finally been cleared to make his spring training debut.

Rhett Bollinger of reports that Perkins will pitch Saturday against the Orioles. He’s previously worked in some minor-league games, so Perkins should have enough time to get ready for the season.

Prior to the late-season injury Perkins had a 2.44 ERA and 64/9 K/BB ratio in 55 innings, saving 32 games.

Carlos Martinez was hospitalized for respiratory problems over the weekend

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Last night Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez picked up his 20th save in his team’s win over the Nats. This past weekend was far less fun for him.

Martinez rejoined the team yesterday, two days after he was hospitalized to deal with respiratory issues that were ultimately determined to be allergies and asthma, which have given him issues over the past couple of years. Martinez said that he was having trouble breathing during Saturday’s game against the Brewers at Busch Stadium and went to the hospital for tests. He stayed overnight and was released on Sunday.

Yesterday was back to business. He came into the game with two outs in the ninth and threw only two pitches. Strike one to Ryan Zimmerman before getting him to line out to center field and end the game. Sure beats the hospital.