Perkins easing his way into game shape

Perkins easing his way into game shape

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Glen Perkins got his work in on the Minor League side on Thursday, as the Twins' closer tossed an easy 1-2-3 inning against the Red Sox's Class A team at the CenturyLink Sports Complex.

Perkins, who missed time early in camp with a mild right oblique strain, made his fifth appearance of the spring, striking out two and needing just 11 pitches to get three outs. Perkins has said he'd like to get to three or four more Spring Training appearances (eight or nine total) before Opening Day against the Tigers on April 6.

Perkins isn't the only pitcher seeing action on the Minor League side this week, as right-hander Phil Hughes is set to start in a Minor League game on Friday, allowing fellow righty Trevor May to start in the Grapefruit League game against the Pirates at Hammond Stadium.

May is competing with left-hander Tommy Milone and right-hander Mike Pelfrey for the fifth spot in the rotation, so the Twins want to get a better look at him in a Major League game on Friday. The Twins still haven't announced what's next for Pelfrey, but manager Paul Molitor said he's planning on making an announcement on Pelfrey's next outing on Friday.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.