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Twins get healthier: Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins come off DL

Jun 16, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka was back in Minnesota’s lineup today for the first time since breaking his leg on April 7 and after finishing off a two-game sweep of the White Sox the Twins activated Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins from the disabled list as well.

Mauer has been out since mid-April, but because of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the strength of his surgically repaired knee the Twins have decided to keep three catchers on the roster for a while. Instead of demoting Drew Butera or Rene Rivera, they outrighted career minor leaguer Brian Dinkelman back to Triple-A.

Chuck James was also optioned to Triple-A to make room in the bullpen for Perkins, who was emerging as the Twins’ most reliable reliever before suffering an oblique injury last month.

Minnesota still has Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel, Jim Thome, Denard Span, Joe Nathan, and Kevin Slowey on the DL, but the Twins have turned things around by going 11-3 so far this month.

  1. Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Does this mean an onslaught of Mauer commercials?

    • AK47 - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:26 PM

      Where have you been man? Any more Mauer commercials and that’s all that would be on.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2011 at 5:28 PM

        Which is what has me worried—though I am glad that Eva apparently found his cap.

    • kopy - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:02 PM

      Here’s another you might not get on the national market:

      He’s been called the songbird of our generation.

      • Utley's Hair - Jun 16, 2011 at 7:29 PM

        And that would be a good thing.

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