MINNEAPOLIS — Glen Perkins’ final stats line for 2016 will show just 2 appearances. That’s what he contributed to the Twins before he hit the disabled list April 11 with a frayed labrum and quite possibly some rotator cuff damage.
His season-ending shoulder surgery is set for Thursday, in California with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
The reported success rate of these surgeries is not as high as, say Tommy John surgery. That fact could well be weighing on the closer’s mind as he prepares to have his operation.
On Wednesday Perkins tweeted out a note to his 44,000 followers that had a regretful and yet optimistic tone.
“Tomorrow…I am having shoulder surgery that will most likely affect the rest of my career in some capacity,” Perkins wrote. “Do I wish I could’ve avoided this fate? Yes. That’s why I rehabbed for 2 months. Am I disappointed that I can’t contribute to our team this year while getting paid a [redacted] ton of money? Yes, it makes me sick.”
— Glen Perkins (@glenperkins) June 22, 2016
“Getting paid for not doing anyting to help was the thing I feared most when I signed my contract,” Perkins continued. “I didn’t want to be the overpaid guy. Well, now I am.
“The only thing I can control is how hard I rehab. So from tomorrow until I am back pitching in MLB know that nobody will be working harder than me to get there.”
In March of 2014, Perkins signed a 4-year deal worth $22.175 million to stay with the Twins, which was a very team-friendly contract for a healthy and dominant closer not yet eligible for free agency. Health concerns in each of the past three seasons have hampered his productivity since that time. Perkins has two years and roughly $13 million remaining on his contract, which also includes a club option in 2018 worth $6.5 million.