The surgery on Glen Perkins' labrum took place in late May of 2016. He hasn't pitched since. The schedule's a wastin' and he's not really close, but he's going back to Fort Myers on Wednesday, to see if it's feasible to get back on a big-league mound late this season — late in what will be the last year of his contract with the Twins.
Perkins threw live batting practice and in simulated games five times at Target Field in late May, before leaving in early June for Fort Myers. He was there for five weeks, saw progress, then a setback that required a cortisone shot in his bicep, and another erratic throwing session late last week.
"I threw 35 pitches, and 15 of them were really good … decent velocity, felt great coming out of the hand,'' Perkins said. "And then other pitches felt terrible and were flying all over the place.''
On Wednesday, he'll go back to Fort Myers, for what would appear to be his last shot at rescuing even a smidgen of the 2017 season.