Perkins has successful bullpen session

Closer has been out with mild oblique strain, hopes to appear in game next week

Perkins has successful bullpen session

JUPITER, Fla. -- Twins closer Glen Perkins tossed a successful bullpen session on Saturday morning, according to manager Paul Molitor.

Perkins, who has been nursing a mild right oblique strain, initially felt the discomfort on March 6 while playing catch. It forced him to cancel a throwing session on Monday.

"First time on the mound in a while, so I can't imagine it was a lot [of pitches]," Molitor said. "Long toss yesterday, bullpen today, and reports were good as far as it went today."

Perkins will throw another session on Tuesday before trying to appear in a game late next week. He pitched a scoreless inning with a strikeout on March 4 in an exhibition against the University of Minnesota.

Whether his return comes in Grapefruit League play or Minor League action has yet to be determined.

"That'll be up to [pitching coach] Neil Allen and Paul. And Perk, of course," general manager Terry Ryan said. "Whatever he decides and they decide to do with him, I'm OK. It doesn't bother me."

Worth noting:
Left-hander Tommy Milone and right-hander Trevor May will pitch in an intrasquad game at 12:15 p.m. CT on Monday during the club's only off-day of the spring. Milone has thrown two outings (March 6, 11) while May has gone just once (March 11). The pair is vying for the final spot in the rotation.

Christina DeNicola is a contributor to MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.