Bad news for Glen Perkins and the Minnesota Twins. La Velle Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Perkins will miss the rest of the season because of a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff problems that will likely require surgery.
Perkins has pitched in only two games this year, both coming at the beginning of the season. It was then he started experiencing shoulder soreness which landed him on the DL. It was initially thought to be a relatively minor matter which would not cause him to miss much time but that was obviously not the case. A recent MRI confirmed the labrum tear and rotator cuff issue.
Perkins, who has saved 102 games over his previous three seasons, is expected to be ready in early 2017, though Neal notes that that is only if all things go as expected with his recovery. In the meantime, Kevin Jepsen will continue on as the Twins’ closer.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start. Otherwise, Hill would start Game 4.
Kershaw, started Game 1 and Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers, then closed out Game 7 with a flawless inning. He was hit around to the tune of five runs (four earned) over three-plus innings in Game 1, but rebounded for seven innings of one-run ball in Game 5. He struck out two en route to sending the Dodgers to the World Series in the ninth inning of Game 7.
Kershaw also tossed eight shutout innings against the Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Overall, he has a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings this postseason. There was no doubt who would be the Dodgers’ first choice to start Game 1, but it’s a relatively recent situation where the ace of a team also closed out the final game of the previous series.
Hill has put up a 2.61 ERA in 10 1/3 innings this postseason. While he doesn’t have Kershaw’s pedigree, the Dodgers would be confident having him lead off the series. Hill was excellent down the stretch last year, helping the Dodgers reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros.
The Red Sox plan to start Chris Sale in Game 1 now that he’s recovered from a brief stint in the hospital due to a stomach ailment. The lefty has a 3.48 in 10 1/3 innings in the playoffs this year. He’s among a handful of candidates for the AL Cy Young award after posting a 2.11 ERA in the regular season, but his lack of innings (158) may hurt him.