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Minnesota Twins Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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Previous updates:

September 24, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Last night, Glen Perkins gave up a pair of runs with the Twins up by four, but was able to hold on for the win. Immediately after the last pitch, he was ejected from the game by home plate umpire Dan Bellino for arguing about the strike zone. While this probably won’t lead to a suspension, Bellino is lucky he got away with only some yelling. Perkins is the team’s creepiest dancer, and may have unleashed his moves if he was provoked any further.

Hierarchy remains: Jepsen | Perkins | May.

September 23, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Glen Perkins is back, and he pitched out of an inherited jam on Tuesday to get the Twins out of the 8th inning with their two-run lead intact. Trevor May was unavailable with a lingering left hip/back issue, and the Twins are willing to let May “get it right” instead of rushing him back. Perkins now has three straight clean appearance since his cortisone shot, and with May potentially out a few more days, the former closer is in line for some more high-leverage work.

Updated hierarchy: Jepsen | Perkins | May.

September 11, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Glen Perkins received a cortisone shot earlier this week, and tweeted yesterday morning that he “felt great” after doing “40 back bridges, 10 min on elliptical, 30 wall squats, 30 calf raises.” Perkins added that he intends to play catch on Saturday, which could lead to a return during your fantasy playoffs. Of course, he won’t be the closer immediately when he does return.

Hierarchy remains: Jepsen | May | Fien.

September 10, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Kevin Jepsen has been excellent since taking over the closer role, including a perfect 12th inning last night to pick up his 12th save. The only run he has given up in his time as the closer was in a game on Sept. 5, and he still earned the save. Manager Paul Molitor has taken notice as well and has said that Glen Perkins will not immediately be the closer if/when he comes back. The injured reliever is currently considering a cortisone injection in his lower back.

Hierarchy remains: Jepsen | May | Fien.

September 4, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Glen Perkins said he felt good after his most recent outing Tuesday, but (as we told you yesterday) when he woke up on Wednesday, he couldn’t get out of bed. “It completely blindsided me,” Perkins said. “The muscles are spasming. I irritated something, and my back’s [not happy about it].” With the expanded September rosters, Perkins won’t go on the DL, but Kevin Jepsen could be serving as the fill-in closer for quite a while.

Updated hierarchy: Jepsen | May | Fien.

September 3, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Glen Perkins woke up this morning barely able to walk and won’t go on the Twins upcoming road trip. Kevin Jepsen has done an admirable job filling in for him and will continue to close in Perkins’s absence.

Updated hierarchy: Jepsen | May | Fien.

September 3, 2015
Minnesota Twins – A day after Glen Perkins picked up his 32nd save of the year, he was unavailable with a back strain. Kevin Jepsen took the 9th in his absence and continues to pitch well bouncing between being a set-up man and a closer. Perkins is getting an MRI and may be out for a few days, but the injury is not considered serious. The Twins clearly want him to be the closer when he is healthy, and the team is still in the thick of the wild-card race.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Jepsen | May.

August 29, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Kevin Jepsen did indeed get the save on Friday, but Glen Perkins returned from his back spasms to pitch a scoreless seventh, and will return to the closer role going forward.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Jepsen | May.

August 28, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins is dealing with lower back spasms and was unavailable for the third straight game Thursday. Paul Molitor said Perkins tried to play catch and do light movements on the field before the game, but was held out of those activities as a precaution. He did do some throwing, though, and looked “a lot better.” Molitor said he could be available Friday night — we’ve heard this song before — and there’s no plan to put Perkins on the DL. Kevin Jepsen will continue to see fill-in save opportunities, with Trevor May and Casey Fien backing him up.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Jepsen | May.

August 27, 2015
Minnesota Twins –  So much for feeling better. Kevin Jepsen closed out a 5-3 win on Wednesday, and after the game closer Glen Perkins revealed that he has been sidelined not because of his neck but because of back spasms. The injury occurred on Sunday against Baltimore, and Perkins remains day-to-day. Some good news for the Twins’ bullpen is that Blaine Boyer was activated from the DL prior to Wednesday’s game and pitched two scoreless innings of relief to pick up his 16th hold of the season.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Jepsen | Boyer.

August 26, 2015
Minnesota Twins – In a radio interview on Tuesday, Glen Perkins said he felt “better than [he] had in a long time” after his return to the bullpen Sunday. His velocity was down, which he attributed to not pitching in six days. He wasn’t used in last night’s game, but it wasn’t a save situation and Jepsen took the 9th inning. While Perkins is saying all the right things, the Twins are likely to be cautious with Perkins in the short term, and he may lose out on some save opportunities until he can get back to where he was. He keeps his spot for now, but with Jepsen pitching well, this is a situation that is far from resolved.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Jepsen | May.

August 24, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Tommy Milone picked up his first save of the season in a 12-inning game against the Orioles on Sunday. He does not factor in to the Twins usual late-inning plans.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Jepsen | May.

August 23, 2015
Minnesota Twins – The Twins bullpen performed well again yesterday without regular closer Glen Perkins.  Kevin Jepsen pitched a perfect ninth for the save, while Trevor May struck out the side in a scoreless eighth.  Perkins, who has been battling this neck problem for six weeks, played catch yesterday and “felt great.”  Perkins is scheduled to throw a bullpen today and could return Tuesday.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Jepsen | May.

August 22, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Sure enough, with Glen Perkins unavailable with neck problems, Kevin Jepsen got the save chance and converted with three strikeouts. Trevor May paved the way with a clean eighth.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Jepsen | May.

August 21, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins received a cortisone shot on Wednesday and hopes to play catch before the weekend. If all goes well, Perkins could be back by next Tuesday; until then, Minnesota will split save opportunities between Kevin Jepsen and Trevor May.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Jepsen | May.

August 20, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins had an MRI on Wednesday, and while the results aren’t expected until today, he is on track to rejoin the team for this weekend’s series in Baltimore. While the Twins are still chasing a wild card slot, and a healthy Glen Perkins is their best bet at closer, this is similar to the neck injury that caused him trouble at the end of last year. This is still a situation in progress, and if the MRI comes back with bad news, or Perkins cannot get back on track, Kevin Jepsen will be the first one to get save opportunities. Jepsen is worth an add in the short term no matter what, as Perkins isn’t expected to throw for a couple days.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Jepsen | Fien.

August 19, 2015
Minnesota Twins –Glen Perkins flew back to Minnesota on Tuesday and will have an MRI on Wednesday, in addition to a cortisone injection. Manager Paul Molitor hopes the injection will provide some relief, which Molitor himself could use for his exhausted bullpen. Kevin Jepsen and Casey Fien were both rested last night, and it resulted in J.R. Graham blowing a 7th-inning lead. Jepsen and Fien will be the most likely candidates for saves in Perkins’ absence, with Fien perhaps getting the nod on Wednesday since he’s thrown fewer pitches than Jepsen over the last four days.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Jepsen | Fien.

August 15, 2015
Minnesota Twins – A trip to the disabled list for Phil Hughes has forced Paul Molitor to move Trevor May back into the Minnesota rotation, perhaps permanently. May had been successful as a reliever, and with Blaine Boyer also hitting the DL (elbow inflammation), the Twins will now be forced to rely heavily on Casey Fien and Kevin Jepsen to set up Glen Perkins.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Jepsen | Fien.

August 8, 2015
Minnesota Twins – With Trevor May adapting well to the bullpen, Paul Molitor told the media that the rookie will be the team’s primary setup guy going forward.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | May | Jepsen.

August 1, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Although the Twins have foundered as of late, losing 9 of 13 since the All-Star break, the team has hung onto the second wild card position. Their acquisition of Kevin Jepsen should help strengthen a suspect bullpen that has relied on the lackluster duo of Casey Fien and Blaine Boyer to bridge the gap to Glen Perkins. Joining Jepsen in high-leverage use will be erstwhile starter Trevor May, a rookie with swing-and-miss stuff.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Jepsen | May.

June 28, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien pitched a scoreless 8th inning last night ahead of closer Glen Perkins.  Fien has only given up one run since returning from the DL at the end of May and looks to be regaining his 8th inning role for the Twins.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Fien | Boyer.

May 31, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins got the day off on Saturday and the Twins went to Blaine Boyer to close out the game.  Boyer pitched a perfect 9th to record his first save of the season.  Boyer should continue to see save chances when Perkins is unavailable.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Boyer | Fien.

May 30, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien returned from the disabled list and immediately pitched the eighth inning in a tie game. Paul Molitor explained, however, that Blaine Boyer will remain in the primary setup role for now.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Boyer | Fien.

May 16, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Blaine Boyer has overcome a rocky start to take on a vital set-up role for Minnesota in Casey Fien’s absence. Boyer, who is 33 and was out of baseball in 2012, hasn’t been scored on since April 12 (13 appearances). Brian Duensing slides out of the hierarchy; he has struggled immensely in six games since returning from the disabled list (3 ER, 13 baserunners in 3.1 innings).

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Boyer | Thompson.

May 3, 2015
Minnesota Twins – The Twins activated Brian Duensing from the DL on Saturday and immediately inserted him into a tight situation in the 8th inning.  He ended up walking the only batter he faced, but he had a hold and a save before going on the DL and should continue to see time in the later innings.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Thompson | Duensing.

May 1, 2015
Minnesota Twins – Twins setup man Casey Fien was placed on the disabled list due to soreness in his shoulder. For now, we’ll slide Aaron Thompson to the first-in-line slot and Blaine Boyer behind him, but keep an eye on Brian Duensing, who could be activated from the DL this weekend and may sneak back into the Closer Monkey hierarchy.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Thompson | Boyer.

April 18, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Brian Duensing is headed to the disabled list for the first time in his career, with a strained intercostal muscle. Paul Molitor sees fellow lefty Aaron Thompson, who pitched two scoreless innings in a tie game on Friday, sliding into Duensing’s role.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Fien | Thompson.

April 11, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Lefty Brian Duensing came on to face a lefty to close the eighth, with Minnesota up three runs. When the Twins scored three more in the top half of the ninth, he stayed on to finish the game, earning an unusual save.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Fien | Duensing.

March 6, 2015
Minnesota Twins — Glen Perkins missed the end of the 2014 season, but he’s healthy now, and ready to close again for the Twins. Righty Casey Fien and lefty Brian Duensing will likely start the season in the back end of the bullpen. Tim Stauffer is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, but if he doesn’t win the job, he could also be an option in the later innings.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Perkins | Fien | Duensing.
Holds candidates: Fien, Duensing.

September 19, 2014
Minnesota Twins – The Twins will indeed shut down Glen Perkins for the remainder of the season — the lefty has nerve inflammation in his elbow. Expect Jared Burton will likely get the bulk of the save opps the rest of the way, with Casey Fien also potentially getting a chance here or there.

Updated hierarchy: Burton | Fien | Duensing.

September 19, 2014
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins has some nerve irritation, but the injury isn’t particularly serious. No word yet on if he’s going to be shut down for the season, but if so, Jared Burton is the best bet for saves in the season’s final week.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Burton | Fien.

September 18, 2014
Minnesota Twins — Glen Perkins has had an abysmal September, and Twins doctors performed an MRI on his entire arm on Wednesday to try to find out why. Jared Burton was in line for the vulture save last night until Minnesota scored a few runs in the eighth; he will serve as interim closer for as long as Perkins is out.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Burton | Fien.

September 10, 2014
Minnesota Twins — With Glen Perkins still battling tingling in his shoulder and neck, Jared Burton earned Tuesday night’s save. Perkins hopes to return to action on Wednesday.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Burton | Fien.

July 15, 2014
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins should remain the Twins closer, despite the club sitting in the AL Central cellar. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None

July 7, 2014
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien pitched the 8th inning ahead of closer Glen Perkins for the second day in a row on Saturday.  Fien struggled a little bit in the middle of June when he took losses in back-to-back appearances, including a blown save, but has picked it back up since then.  Fien has only given up one run in his last seven games and, with an ERA less than half of Jared Burton’s, it looks like Fien is re-establishing himself as the primary backup to Perkins.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Fien | Burton.

June 23, 2014
Minnesota Twins – With Glen Perkins unavailable, Jared Burton picked up his first save of the season on Sunday. It appears that with his blown save earlier this week, Casey Fien (who pitched the 8th ahead of Burton on Sunday) lost his chance to be Perkins’s backup, despite having a far better ERA than Burton.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Burton | Fien.

June 19, 2014
Minnesota Twins — With Glen Perkins sidelined with a bad back, Casey Fien got the call for a save opportunity in the tenth in Boston, only to give up consecutive home runs to lose the game. Perkins, who blamed himself for the loss, expects to be available on Thursday.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Fien | Duensing.

June 12, 2014
Minnesota Twins — Casey Fien picked up an unusual save by coming in for the last out of the eighth with two on in a four-run game, then finishing the ninth up five. He relieved Jared Burton, who has been surprisingly bad this season, with as many earned runs as strikeouts. Lefty Brian Duensing’s peripherals are only slightly better, but his ERA is half that of Burton, and he’s been getting some seventh-inning love lately.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Fien | Duensing.

May 5, 2014
Minnesota Twins – On Saturday, Casey Fien got the 8th and Jared Burton pitched the 9th, which is about how you’d expect a team to use its top middle relievers when up by 5 runs. But on Sunday, with an 8th inning hold up for grabs, it was Fien who was summoned ahead of Glen Perkins. It wasn’t a usage issue, as over the prior three nights, Fien had actually thrown 10 more pitches. More likely, it looks like Ron Gardenhire has finally realized that he has better 8th inning options than the veteran righty, who is sporting an ERA just a shade below 8 thus far. Hierarchy change: Casey Fien to Set-up, Jared Burton to 2nd in line.

May 2, 2014
Minnesota Twins – Coming in to 2014, Jared Burton had every reason to be given a long leash as the Twins primary set-up man, as he was the team’s steadiest and best middle reliever over the past two years.  But it’s been a different story for the righty this year, as he’s got an ERA of almost 9 and a 6/9 K/BB ratio through 10.1 innings thus far.  Despite the terrible numbers, he was still being used ahead of Glen Perkins — prior to Thursday, his last two outings were 8th inning holds.  But maybe Ron Gardenhire has finally realized that he’s actually got a great bullpen this year (Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, and Michael Tonkin have all been excellent), and yesterday, Burton was finally given a low-leverage inning to sort himself out.  We still get the feeling that Burton could be used as the backup closer if Perkins needs a night off, so we’ll monitor his usage closely over the weekend.  No hierarchy change.

March 13, 2014
Minnesota Twins — The team was lousy, but it wasn’t Glen Perkins’s fault. The Twins should almost certainly improve, and their closer’s job security is excellent. Ranked #8 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 9, 2014
Minnesota Twins  – The Twins will return most of their key bullpen arms from last year and didn’t make any big adds to their relief corps.  Glen Perkins will be the closer again, with Jared Burton and Casey Fien setting him up.  Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – Glen Perkins, Set-up – Jared Burton, 2nd in line – Casey Fien. 

September 4, 2013
Minnesota Twins — Glen Perkins got within one out of collecting his 33rd save, but then put two men on and gave up a game-tying home run. Josh Roenicke eventually picked up the twelfth-inning save. No hierarchy change.

August 28, 2013
Minnesota Twins — Jared Burton picked up his second straight loss and eighth of the season by entering a tied game and surrendering three singles and a walk. No hierarchy change.

August 18, 2013
Minnesota Twins — Casey Fien has an astronomical 23.63 ERA over his last three appearances. Hierarchy change: Jared Burtoto Set-up, Casey Fien to 2nd in line.

July 21, 2013
Minnesota Twins – For the second night in a row, Casey Fien pitched the 8th ahead of Glen Perkins while Jared Burton pitched in the 7th inning.  Fien has made 11 straight scoreless appearances, lowering his ERA to 2.88 on the season.  Hierarchy change:  Casey Fien to Set-up, Jared Burton to 2nd in line.

July 17, 2013
Minnesota Twins — Glen Perkins is too good a closer to stay on this bad Minnesota team; if he’s traded, he’ll almost certainly be closing for a contender, while Ron Gardenhire goes to Jared (Burton) and dreams of someday getting a ring. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: BUY Glen Perkins, Jared Burton.

July 14, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien pitched the 8th ahead of Glen Perkins last night to pick up his 10th hold of the season.  Fien has not allowed a run, and has only given up 4 hits, in his last 9 appearances.  Hierarchy change:  Casey Fien to 2nd in line, replacing Caleb Thielbar.

June 22, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Caleb Thielbar has a 0.00 ERA in 12.2 innings since being called up in late May and should see time later in games if he keeps that up.  Hierarchy change:  Caleb Thielbar to 2nd in line, replacing Casey Fien.

May 31, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins had the night off on Thursday, so as predicted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Jared Burton picked up his second save of the year.  No hierarchy change.

May 29, 2013
Minnesota Twins — Brian Duensing got his first save of the season on Tuesday by pitching a scoreless fourteenth inning. No hierarchy change.

May 23, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Josh Roenicke relieved Vance Worley in the 4th inning yesterday and his usage has been all over the place this season.  Casey Fien pitched a scoreless 7th on Tuesday and has seen more action later in games.  Hierarchy change:  Casey Fien to 2nd in line, replacing Josh Roenicke.

May 12, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Jared Burton picked up the save last night.  Glen Perkins was unavailable yesterday with a sore left side but it does not appear to be serious.  No hierarchy change.

May 6, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Josh Roenicke picked up two 7th inning holds over the weekend, and appears to have established himself as the 7th inning man, ahead of Glen Perkins and Jared Burton.  Roenicke doesn’t have overpowering stuff — he’s struck out 10 and walked 6 in 14 innings this year — but he’s been effective thus far, with a 1.29 ERA.  Hierarchy change: Josh Roenicke to 2nd in line, replacing Brian Duensing.

February 24, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Glen Perkins, Set-up- Jared Burton, 2nd in line- Brian Duensing.

September 26, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien pitched the 7th inning on Tuesday, earning the win ahead of Jared Burton and Glen Perkins. Fien has a 1.62 ERA on the year and has allowed 0 or 1 earned runs in all but one of his 32 appearances. Hierarchy change: Casey Fien to 2nd in line, replacing Alex Burnett.

August 4, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Jared Burton picked up the save on Friday. As noted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Glen Perkins had pitched 2 innings the previous night. While this is still a platoon, Perkins is still the most likely candidate for a save on any given night. No hierarchy change.

July 30, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Alex Burnett pitched the 7th inning on Sunday ahead of Jared Burton and Glen Perkins, earning his 7th hold of the season. Tyler Robertson has struggled as of late, giving up runs in his last three appearances. Hierarchy change: Alex Burnett to 2nd in line, replacing Tyler Robertson.

July 18, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Before Tuesday’s game, the Twins said Matt Capps would be unavailable due to a strained shoulder; then, in the wee hours this morning, they put him back on the DL. Glen Perkins and Jared Burton will resume their closer-by-committee in the mean time. Burton got the save last night. Hierarchy change: Glen Perkins to Closer, Jared Burton to Set-up, Tyler Robertson to 2nd in line, Matt Capps to DL.

July 14, 2012
Minnesota Twins – The Twins activated Matt Capps from the DL. He will resume closing immediately, as the Twins are hoping to build his value so they can deal him. Hierarchy change: Matt Capps to Closer, Glen Perkins to Set-up, Jared Burton to 2nd in line.

July 13, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Once Matt Capps returns from the DL, the Twins will look to deal him. With his paltry strikeout rates, it’s unlikely that he would land anywhere where he could close, and his value will almost certainly plummet. Glen Perkins, who just signed a three-year extension, won’t be going anywhere and stands to continue getting saves. TRADE DEADLINE BUY+: Glen Perkins. BUY: Jared Burton. SELL+: Matt Capps.

July 4, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Tyler Robertson pitched a perfect 8th with the Twins up 1 as he picked up his 2nd hold in three games. Robertson was called up from Triple-A Rochester when Matt Capps was put on the DL and has been used in a bunch of late inning situations. He also has some closer experience in the minors as he has 18 saves over the past two seasons. Hierarchy change: Tyler Robertson to 2nd in line replacing Alex Burnett.

June 26, 2012
Minnesota Twins – With two lefthanders due up in the 8th inning, the Twins summoned Glen Perkins, leaving the ninth to Jared Burton. Burton earned his second save in as many days, after Perkins got the first two opportunities last week in Matt Capps’s absence. The Twins will use a true committee going forward, basing the 9th inning role on match ups, Ron Gardenhire said before the game. But given Gardenhire’s aversion to using Burton against lefties– and his reluctance to use Burton too frequently due to the righty’s injury history, which he referenced before Monday’s game– Perkins is still the more likely candidate for a save on any given night, since he’s shown the ability to get both righties and lefties out. No hierarchy change.

June 25, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Matt Capps appears headed for the DL after returning early to Minnesota for an MRI. Ron Gardenhire said that until Capps’s return, Glen Perkins and Jared Burton would share opportunities based on match ups. Burton got the call on Sunday, picking up his first save of the season, but Perkins is more likely to see the majority of chances over the next few weeks. Hierarchy change: Glen Perkins to Closer, Jared Burton to Set-up, Alex Burnett to 2nd in line, Matt Capps to DL.

June 24, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Speaking on his weekly radio show, Ron Gardenhire said this morning that Matt Capps could be headed to the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Capps is headed back to Minnesota for an MRI. Hierarchy change: Glen Perkins to Closer, Jared Burton to Set-up, Alex Burnett to 2nd in line, Matt Capps to DL.

June 23, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins picked up his second save of the week on Friday. As noted in yesterday’s vulture save watch, Matt Capps is still nursing an injury, but should be back soon. No hierarchy change.

June 21, 2012
Minnesota Twins – With Matt Capps dealing with an inflamed right shoulder, Glen Perkins picked up the save on Wednesday, pitching a clean inning. Capps is expected back in a day or two. No hierarchy change.

April 20, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Jared Burton pitched the 8th inning on Wednesday, logging his second hold of the season. Meanwhile, Jeff Gray appears to have been relegated to a front-end role in the bullpen; he pitched in the 3rd inning on Thursday. Hierarchy change: Jared Burton to 2nd in line, replacing Jeff Gray.

April 15, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Jeff Gray has established himself as the go-to lefty in the Twins bullpen, and has surpassed Alex Burnett on the depth chart, who thus far is mostly being used in long relief. Hierarchy change: Jeff Gray to 2nd in line, replacing Alex Burnett.

March 19, 2012
Minnesota Twins- Joe Nathan signed with the Rangers so the Twins re-signed Matt Capps and he will start the year as the closer. If Capps falters as he did last year then Glen Perkins may see some saves. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Matt Capps, Set-up- Glen Perkins, 2nd in line- Alex Burnett.

Dec. 15, 2011
Minnesota Twins- Joe Nathan has been signed away by the Rangers, which means Matt Capps will reassume the closer role in 2012. Hierarchy change: Matt Capps to Closer, Jose Mijares to 2nd in line.

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