May 22, 2007

Yet Another Injury

Just when you thought things were as bad as they could get for the team's bullpen, Glen Perkins got hurt. Jesse Crain is out for the season, Reyes is currently injured (good news on him below), Julio DePaula looked horrible and now Glen Perkins is headed to the disabled list.

Perkins recorded a strikeout in the eighth inning, but right after the pitch, he threw his glove down and grabbed his shoulder. The Ranger's doctor diagnosed him with mild muscle strain which he says should keep him out for just two weeks.

What this injury does however is force the team to go deeper in the organization for a left-handed pitcher, and in my opinion there really aren't any guys ready yet. Had this happened before the Twins traded Mike Venafro to the Blue Jays, it might not have been that bad, given the fact that he was a veteran and pitched well this past spring.

Anyways, that Twins have officially announced that they have placed Perkins on the disabled list, and to take his spot, they have called up Carmen Cali from AAA Rochester. On the season, Cali is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in a total of 16.2 innings pitched.

Reyes should be OK...
Along with this news, came the good news that Denny Reyes should be okay. Reyes told the team that he was hurt after the Milwaukee game on Sunday, and the team scheduled him for a MRI. The tests revealed no significant tears or joint damage, beyond what was termed "degeneration" of Reyes' rotator cuff and labrum. This is great news because the symptoms could have turned out the same injury as Crain had.

Reyes shouldn't miss much time, as the team says he will begin a muscle strengthening program right away, and could be back within one or two games.