FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There has long been a division within the Twins organization on whether left-hander Glen Perkins is better suited for a starting job or a relief role. For now, Perkins will be a starter -- at Triple-A Rochester. The Twins optioned Perkins as their lone cut of camp Sunday. Perkins, who had been in the running for either a rotation spot or the Twins' long relief role, was 1-2 with a 7.50 ERA in seven spring appearances -- including two starts. He gave up three runs on four hits in the eighth inning of Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Cardinals.
"We decided that the best thing for him and the ballclub is for him to start stretching out and pitching," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Whether he's going to be a starter or a bullpen guy, it's all irrelevant right now. What we need to do is have him pitch. That's what he is going to do down there -- start. We made that clear." Perkins pitched a total of just 48 innings last season -- including just 28 2/3 innings at the Major League level -- due to a strained muscle near his left shoulder. Because of Perkins' limited time on the mound, the Twins wanted him to stretch out as a starter this spring even with the uncertainty about his future role. The decision to send Perkins down now was a combination of some up and down performances, along with the club's feeling that he just needed to get more innings.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.