MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins closer Glen Perkins, who was held out of Wednesday's game with stiffness in his lower back, came in feeling better and returned to action in Thursday's 4-2 win over the White Sox.
Perkins began to feel stiffness in his back on Tuesday, and tried to throw before Wednesday's game but still felt stiffness and was ruled out for the game. Reliever Casey Fien closed in Perkins' absence and gave up back-to-back homers to David Ortiz and Mike Napoli to hand the Twins a 2-1 loss to the Red Sox in 10 innings at Fenway Park.
But Perkins felt better on Thursday, and ended up picking up his 18th save of the year with a scoreless ninth to help the Twins snap a five-game losing streak.
"Having Perk back out there was nice to see," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "His first couple pitches we thought, 'Oh my,' and thought we might need to get the 'pen up. But he did fine."
Nunez goes on DL to make room for Pino
MINNEAPOLIS -- In somewhat of a surprise, the Twins placed infielder Eduardo Nunez on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, retroactive to Sunday, to make room for right-hander Yohan Pino on the roster. Right-hander Mike Pelfrey was also transferred to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man spot for Pino.
Nunez, who suffered the hamstring strain on Saturday, ran the bases before Wednesday's game in Boston, and the initial reports were that everything went positive and he'd be available to play on Thursday.
But Nunez admitted to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire that his hamstring was still bothering him, and he was placed on the DL as a result. The Twins played a man short in Nunez's absence, which wasn't Gardenhire's preference, but he was glad Nunez was honest about his condition.
"He came in my office afterward and said, 'My leg's not good. I probably need to go on the DL,'" Gardenhire said. "That's what we needed to hear. I just wish we would've heard it a little bit earlier