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.
Astros starter Justin Verlander was voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the 2019 American League Cy Young Award winner. Teammate Gerrit Cole finished in a close second place at 159 points. Charlie Morton finished third at 75 points, Shane Bieber fourth at 64, Lance Lynn fifth at 18, Eduardo Rodríguez and Lucas Giolito sixth at eight, and Mike Minor eighth at seven.
Verlander, 36, won the AL Cy Young Award (and AL MVP Award) in 2011 with the Tigers). He and Cole became the first pair of teammates to finish first and second on the ballot for the AL Cy Young Award. Four NL teammates accomplished the feat: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2001 and ’02, Don Newcomb and Sal Maglie in 1956, and Mike Marshall and Andy Messersmith in 1974.
During the regular season, Verlander led all starting pitchers in wins (21), games started (34), innings pitched (223), and WHIP (0.803). He also compiled a 2.58 ERA with a 300/42 K/BB ratio. Along with a 300-strikeout season, Verlander achieved other milestones, including reaching 3,000 strikeouts for his career and 200 career postseason strikeouts (an all-time record).
2019 was not without controversy for Verlander, a future Hall of Famer, as he had a well-publicized disagreement with Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. He tried to have Fenech barred from the clubhouse during media availability despite the collective bargaining agreement ensuring access to BBWAA-credentialed reporters. It was one of many Astros-related scandals in 2019.
Verlander is the first Astro to win the Cy Young Award since Dallas Keuchel in 2015. Roger Clemens (2004) and Mike Scott (1986) also won the award back when the Astros were in the National League.