As reported by Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, Nunez ran the bases and took ground balls prior to Wednesday's game and said he was ready to return. Manager Ron Gardenhire did not play Nunez on Wednesday and the Twins may be cautious with Nunez since he isn't running at full speed, despite Nunez feeling ready to play. In any event, a stint on the disabled list is unlikely.
Nunez, in his fifth Major Leagues season, is in his first with the Twins. He's batting .290 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 69 at bats this season. Nunez is a career .269 hitter with 12 home runs and 87 RBI.
As for Perkins, he felt stiffness in his lower back on Tuesday and after trying to throw prior to Wednesday's game, told Gardenhire that he was unavailable to go. The Twins felt the absence of Perkins immediately, as Gardenhire went with Casey Fien, who gave up back to back home runs in the 2-1 loss.
Perkins was disappointed that he couldn't go, but hoped to be available for tonight's game.
"It was too stiff to play, so it's frustrating. But I'm going to the park [Thursday] expecting to play. We'll see how it feels."Perkins is in his ninth Major League season, all with the Twins. In 29 games this season, he's 2-0 with 17 saves and a 2.76 ERA. He saved 36 games last season with a 2.30 ERA. In 305 career games, Perkins is 30-17 with 71 saves and a 3.82 ERA.
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