Closer Glen Perkins considering an injection into ailing back


Twins closer Glen Perkins is reportedly considering a cortisone injection into his ailing back.

Perkins hasn't pitched for the Twins since Sept. 1 and didn't even travel with the team on its road trip to Houston, Kansas City and Chicago.

According to the Pioneer Press, Perkins saw a spine specialist and is considering the injection into his lower back this time.

Twins manager Paul Molitor told reporters Tuesday that a bulging disc in Perkins' back has been ruled out.

"It's become real specific in terms of where his pain is at," said Molitor. "It's doing better overall."

What started as an outstanding season for Perkins has certainly changed course since the All-Star Game. Perkins converted a team-record 28 consecutive saves to start the season, but only has four saves since, while blowing two other opportunities.

After not allowing an earned run in all of June, Perkins' ERA for the month of July ballooned to 5.59, and he has been in and out of the Twins bullpen since with the neck and now back injuries.

Perkins remains out indefinitely because of the ailment. At times, his pain has been described as so severe it's been hard for him to walk.

He did receive two cortisone injections to help relieve a bulging disc in his neck on Aug. 19, but to this point he has not received one in his back.

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