Neshek and Perkins on the way; Fuentes and Mijares on the mend
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The bullpen reinforcements keep coming.
Per Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, right-hander Pat Neshek and left-hander Glen Perkins will be recalled from Class-AAA Rochester in time for Tuesday's game against the Royals.
Neshek, who posted a 3.89 ERA with 27 strikeouts and seven unintentional walks in 39 1/3 innings at Rochester this season, last pitched for the Twins on April 28 in Detroit. He was placed on the disabled list just a few days later with lingering soreness in his right middle finger -- an injury that led to some friction between Neshek and the team.
The side-winding righty eventually returned to action in early June down in Rochester, and by all accounts his fastball -- which dipped into the mid-80's while he battled finger soreness -- is back up to 89-90 mph.
Perkins has thrown 10 innings for the Twins this season, allowing 10 earned runs on 15 hits and two walks while striking out three.
Rochester's season came to a close on Monday with a 16-1 loss to the Buffalo Bisons. The pitching staff was already thinned out, due to September call-ups and injuries, and infielder Toby Gardenhire was forced to pitch in the ninth inning of the blowout. He allowed three earned runs on three hits and a walk.
The elder Gardenhire also said lefty Brian Fuentes -- who has appeared in only one game since the Twins acquired him on August 27 -- will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and if all goes well he will be available for the remainder of the week.
Left-hander Jose Mijares (knee) will throw a simulated game when the Twins travel to Cleveland later this week.