Glen Perkins was diagnosed Wednesday with a bulging disk in his neck — an injury that had been bothering him for six weeks — but the 32-year-old closer got a cortisone shot and is suddenly looking like a pretty good bet to avoid the disabled list. (He hasn’t appeared in a game since Monday night, when he got knocked around by the Yankees).
Perkins played catch Saturday and threw a bullpen session on Sunday, reporting feeling “great” after each workout. Twins manager Paul Molitor told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Perkins could be available Tuesday night at Tampa Bay, after Monday’s scheduled team off day.
A neck injury derailed Perkins’ 2014 season, so there was some legitimate worry in Minnesota.
And maybe there still should be given the lack of high quality depth in the Twins’ bullpen.
Perkins has a 2.66 ERA and 31 saves in 33 tries this year for the 62-61 Twins, who stand 1 1/2 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot at the beginning of play Sunday.