Perkins sits out with strained right side

Injury not serious, lefty held out as precaution

Perkins sits out with strained right side

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Twins general manager Terry Ryan clarified closer Glen Perkins' injury on Monday, as the left-hander is dealing with a mild strain in his right side near his rib cage.

Perkins suffered the injury while playing catch on Friday, and he was scheduled to play catch again on Monday, but he was held out of action for precautionary reasons. The injury is still not serious, but Ryan said it is a strain and not cramping in his side, as manager Paul Molitor described it on Sunday.

"He has a sore right side," Ryan said. "He didn't have it yesterday to the point where I thought it was necessary to bring it up. Even in the medical [reports], it wasn't anything to be concerned about. He has a little tweak in his right side in his rib cage, but we don't think it's anything serious."

Catcher Josmil Pinto has also been out with a right quad strain, but he has been taking batting practice and catching bullpens without any issues. He's expected to make his Grapefruit League debut later this week.

"Pinto's OK," Ryan said. "He's making progress and will probably play later this week."

Second baseman Brian Dozier, who missed two days with an illness, returned to the lineup on Monday against the Pirates.

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