Twins closer Glen Perkins could be available by Tuesday

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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.

Giancarlo Stanton to make return from IL this week

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Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.

Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.

In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.