Fort Myers, Florida —— On the road back from a major shoulder injury in 2016, Minnesota Twins veteran left-handed pitcher Glen Perkins completed his second scoreless rehab outing on Wednesday afternoon playing for the Gulf Coast League Twins against the visiting Gulf Coast League Orioles. The 34-year-old allowed a hit and a walk in the inning, but came away unscathed with no runs allowed and one strikeout to finish things off before his day was done.
Baseball Census was on location for Glen Perkins’ outing on Wednesday, and we have some video of his mechanics during the outing right here:
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Recovering from a shoulder injury is a long, strenuous game, and Perkins is clearly taking it slowly right now, predominantly using his fastball rather than changing speeds. He looked good in his inning of work, though; no obvious pain or health issues while on the mound, and the lefty was free and easy to the plate with mechanics and arm action pretty typical of his earlier career in the big leagues. Most importantly, his command was good, shooting knees down in the zone more often than not and suggesting that his hard year-plus of rehab work will soon pay off.
There’s a very long way to go between here and the big leagues, and Perkins will likely get at least another outing or two in the Gulf Coast League before moving out to an affiliate. He had three days of rest between his first inning of work and this one, suggesting he’s still very early in the process, and relatively soon he’ll need to work on alternating and even back-to-back days.
But the good news shouldn’t be overlooked: Glen Perkins has taken the first few steps of his road back to the Minnesota Twins, and they appear to be successful. It’s a big step. On to the next one…