Game 13: Perkins says he’s ready to return to bullpen

NEW YORK — Twins reliever Glen Perkins said his bullpen session yesterday went just fine, and that he’s ready to pitch out of the bullpen after missing three games with inflammation in his left forearm.

Perkins didn’t travel with the team to New York on Sunday, as he stayed back after complaining of tenderness in his left forearm that was related to an entrapment in his radial nerve in his upper arm.

But with rest and anti-inflammatory medication, Perkins said the inflammation went away. He was cleared by team physician Dr. Dan Buss to throw a 40-pitch bullpen yesterday and ended up flying to New York where he arrived at the ballpark in the second inning of the Twins’ 6-5 win.

Perkins said there was never any sharp pain associated with his forearm, but that it was simply something he needed to take care of after struggling on Sunday, allowing three runs without recording an out.

“It wasn’t like I threw a pitch and it was like, ‘Ouch,’” Perkins said. “It was just something that was nagging. It felt like on Sunday I didn’t have the strength to finish a pitch. There was no life. They were belt high to letters, and that’s how you can tell something isn’t right. The velocity was there but not the finish.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire also said he anticipates bringing up a position player before the club returns home to Minnesota for Monday’s three-game series against the Red Sox. He said he’s still debating bringing up a third catcher but hasn’t made the decision quite yet.

“By the end of the weekend we’ll make a decision and do the right thing and get back a position player back,” Gardenhire said. “What that will be I don’t know. I’m still debating on the third catcher situation.”

Twins (4-8)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, DH
6. Ryan Doumit, RF
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Chris Parmelee, 1B
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Anthony Swarzak (0-2, 3.75 ERA, 4.92 FIP, 12 IP 4 K, 2 BB)

Yankees (6-6)
1. Derek Jeter, SS
2. Curtis Granderson, CF
3. A-Rod, 3B
4. Robinson Cano, DH
5. Mark Teixeria, 1B
6. Nick Swisher, RF
7. Raul Ibanez, LF
8. Russell Martin, C
9. Eduardo Nunez, 2B

RHP Phil Hughes (0-2, 9.00 ERA, 6.54 FIP, 8 IP, 11 K, 4 BB)

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