Oblique strain in rearview mirror for Perkins

Closer expects to be ready for Opening Day

Oblique strain in rearview mirror for Perkins

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Twins closer Glen Perkins, who has been out with a mild right oblique strain, returned to action by throwing a scoreless inning in a Minor League game in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday.

Perkins, facing Triple-A Pawtucket, allowed a single to right field, but struck out one and induced two fly outs. He threw 14 pitches in his one inning of work. It was his first outing since throwing a scoreless inning against the University of Minnesota on March 4.

"I felt stronger and better than I did in the Gopher game," Perkins said.

Perkins is set to make his Grapefruit League debut this weekend, and is expected to be ready for the start of the season

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