Twins' Perkins has back spasms, out indefinitely

The Twins are once again riding high, but they’ve gotten some bad news in front of a big road trip. All-Star closer Glen Perkins has a lingering back issue and that sounds pretty bad for the time being. Glen Perkins can barely walk. He’s baffled at how he ended up with a back spasms. Definitely not going on trip — LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) September 3, 2015 Understatement alert: Having back issues to the point where it’s tough to walk might make it difficult to pitch. Seems like the back is important there. Since becoming the closer full-time, Perkins has been an All-Star all three chances he’s had. This season, he’s converted 32 of 34 save chances with a 2.68 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 46 strikeouts against only eight walks in 50 1/3 innings. He has dealt with neck back issues for a lot of the second half. Given this, the Twins can absorb the injury. Glen Perkins is having trouble walking due to his back injury. (USATSI) Kevin Jepsen is having an excellent season and has five saves since joining the Twins. Now that we’re in September, expanded rosters can protect better against injuries to relievers, too. Still, Perkins’ loss moves everyone up a spot in the bullpen and the upcoming road trip shows three games in Houston and three in Kansas City before a trip to face the White Sox. If Perkins misses those first two series, the Twins have a chance to feel it. The 69-63 Twins are one game back of the Rangers for the second AL wild card spot.
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