We knew this was coming sometime this week, and now it has officially happened: Glen Perkins has been activated from the disabled list. He’s been there since April 11, 2016.
It’s been a long road back to the majors for Perk. The Twins originally put Perkins on the DL because his shoulder was just sore or something, and things didn’t seem that bad. But after sitting around for a couple months with no improvement, Perkins sought a second and third opinion, and that’s when doctors discovered he actually had a torn labrum—an exceedingly difficult injury for pitchers to recover from, if at all.
Perkins went on a long minor league rehab stint before today’s activation. Let’s take a look at how he did and... oh geez, it’s not exactly pretty. Though he was able to hold a 0.00 ERA through 2.0 innings in the GCL rookie ball, he had a couple rough appearances higher up, posting a 10.13 ERA over 2.2 innings in High-A and a 6.75 ERA over 2.2 innings in Double-A.
According to Paul Molitor, however, Double-A manager Jake Mauer gave Perk the thumbs up:
Lookouts manager Jake Mauer told Molitor that Monday’s scoreless inning was Perkins’ best showing in terms of command, adding his “breaking ball was sharp enough to get swings and misses.”
There was some talk of sending Perkins to Triple-A for a couple games, but the Twins said ah screw it and just activated him instead.
To make space on the 25-man roster, the Twins placed Dietrich Enns on the disabled list. Enns was on the disabled list for months before he came over from the Yankees, so that’s not really a huge surprise. There was already open space on the 40-man roster to activate Perkins so that was eas.