Minnesota Twins News: Glen Perkins to DL, Taylor Rogers Up
Minnesota Twins Closer Glen Perkins has been placed on the 15 day disabled list.
The bad news keeps coming for the Minnesota Twins. Glen Perkins has hit the disabled list with a left shoulder strain. The severity of the strain and how much time he’s expected to miss is currently unknown.
Perkins has allowed 2 earned over 2 inning of work with 6 walks/hits and 2 strikeouts
Twins’ prospect left handed prospect, Taylor Rogers, has been recalled in Perkins’ place. We ranked him as the Twins’ 14th best prospect prior to the season. Rogers features a low 90’s fastball, a change and a curve.
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He keeps the ball in the yard and controls his pitches well. His strikeout rates have never been huge but he has been used a starter for the vast majority of his minor league career. Strikeout numbers often increase with a move to the bullpen as relievers are able to pitch with more intensity.
In spite of his history as a starter, it’s been assumed that the bullpen would be his destiny in the majors. Rogers has thrown 2 scoreless innings in AAA Rochester this year so far with a hit, a walk and a strikeout. He threw 7.2 innings in spring training and allowed 3 runs while striking out 5.
It’s unclear how he’ll be deployed by Paul Molitor. He could opt to throw him into the fire right away or start him off with lower leverage situations.
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Kevin Jepsen will likely take over closing duties in Perkins absence. Glen’s velocities on his pitches have been concerning recently. Both his slider and fastball have seen dips. The fastball is only hitting the 89-91 range whereas last year it was 93.7 MPH on average. Hopefully, the underlying issues will be corrected during this DL stint.