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Glen Perkins feels relief following cortisone injection in his back

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Twins closer Glen Perkins is feeling much better after receiving a cortisone injection in his lower back Wednesday.

The Twins left-hander hasn't pitched in a game since Sept. 1, and has done very little baseball activity since staying home when the Twins left on their nine-game, three-city road trip.

However, Perkins was singing the praises of the injections Thursday on Twitter.

The Twins really haven't put a timeline on when Perkins will return to the team, but he is planning to begin playing catch this weekend.

"In his mind, he feels so much better than he has since he hurt it (Sept. 1)," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony told the Pioneer Press. "He's excited and ambitious and wants to get going. Whether that's realistic or not, we'll let the doctors determine."

Perkins has been laid up for a large portion of the second half of the season. First he received cortisone injections to help cure a bulging disc in his neck. The team has said he doesn't have a bulging disc in his back, but the condition has bothered him enough to cause him to miss all but two Twins games over the last 17 days.

Newly acquired Kevin Jepsen has stepped up to fill the closer's role with Perkins on the mend.

Twins manager Paul Molitor has said once Perkins is ready to pitch it will likely take him multiple appearances in a setup capacity before he resumes the closer's duties.

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