May 18, 2009

Twins Swept, Perkins Hurt

As if losing four straight games to the Yankees by a total of five runs wasn't enough, now Glen Perkins has been placed on the disabled list with left elbow inflammation.

Even before last night's first-inning implosion Perkins had given up 18 runs in 22.1 innings during his previous four starts, and now we know why: Perkins "said after the game that he had been dealing with some soreness in his elbow for some time." As usual attempting to pitch through arm soreness ends up simply hurting the team and the player. Instead of being shut down immediately, Perkins allowed 24 runs in 23 innings while delaying a trip to the disabled list and possibly making the injury worse.

Now he's headed back to Minnesota to undergo an MRI exam today and the Twins have called up Sean Henn from Triple-A to take his place on the roster, although another move will probably be necessary to replace him in the rotation Saturday. I'm not sure whether Perkins hid the injury or the Twins allowed him to "pitch through" the soreness even after being informed, but either way it was foolish. Hopefully all it ends up costing the Twins are some wins, rather than the alternative. Oh, and next up: Chicago.

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