Tonight's game has been postponed. Day/night doubleaheader set for Saturday, 12:10 and 6:10 p.m.
Glen Perkins went through long toss drills on Thursday and today and is ready to rejoin the bullpen
``It's time to go to work,'' Perkins said.
Righthander Trevor May, slowed by a sore hip, is available tonight but probably won't be used for more than one inning.
Their availability tonight is a big pick-me-up for a tormented bullpen that endured a 12-inning game on Wednesday then had to pitch 7.2 innings on Thursday. Yes, it shouldn't be a problem with expanded rosters in September. But the Twins will have two relievers available who can help them protect a lead, if they have one late.
Perkins will be in a setup role for now. Kevin Jepsen, who blew his first save as a Twin last night (although the defense didn't help him) remains the last man standing.
``Kevin still deserves that shot right now,'' Twins manager Paul Molitor said
Ricky Nolasco threw three innings in the bullpen on Friday, and Molitor noted that his sharpness improved as the outing went.
Now Nolasco is headed out Sunday to join the Twins instructional league team. He will face hitters on Tuesday, then return to the club. And the Twins could have him available as an option by the end of next week, either as a relief option or, if they are desperate for more, a starter.
That's right, Nolasco could be back in the mix by the time the time the Twins head out on their last road trip of the season, to Detroit and Cleveland. Since he's on the 60-day disabled list, the Twins would have to make room on their 40-man roster for Nolasco if they want to reinstate him,
Miguel Sano has been running the bases better, a sign that his balky right hamstring has improved. Sano said he has been getting daily treatment on the hamstring and, while he's not 100 percent, he feels more confident pushing it more.
The tarp is down, and there is a chance that this game will be delayed tonight. So stay tuned for updates
Mike Pelfrey is on the mound tonight.
David Murphy, LF
Kole Calhoun, RF
Best Player in Baseball, CF
Albert Pujols, DH
C.J. Cron, 1B
Erick Aybar, SS
David Freese, 3B
Carlos Perez, C
Taylor Featherston, 2B
Andrew Heaney, RHP
Aaron Hicks, CF
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, DH
Trevor Plouffe, 3B
Torii Hunter, RF
Eddie Rosario, LF
Kurt Suzuki, C
Eduardo Escobar, SS
Mike Pelfrey, RHP