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.
The Reds have sent second baseman Scooter Gennett in for an MRI exam after he was forced to make an early departure from Friday’s 6-4 loss to the Brewers. The exact nature of the injury has yet to be reported, but starting pitcher Robert Stephenson said Gennett may have hurt himself after he “rolled weird” while trying to rein in a ground ball. He appeared to be grabbing at his right thigh/groin area immediately afterward and was helped off the field.
Following the incident, the 28-year-old was swiftly replaced by veteran infielder Carlos Rivero, who went hitless as he finished out the game. Though Gennett went 0-for-1 in his lone at-bat on Friday, he’s been tearing through the Cactus League competition this spring with a .351/.405/.486 batting line in 42 plate appearances so far.
The extent of Gennett’s injuries have not been disclosed — and may still be unknown to the team as well — but any significant setback would undoubtedly throw a wrench in the Reds’ plans this season, as he was the presumed starter at the keystone after turning in his first All-Star worthy performance in 2018. Although they have a promising alternative in top infield/outfield prospect Nick Senzel, the 23-year-old has not seen any time at second base this year and was recently reassigned to Triple-A Louisville to start the 2019 season.