It was a rare positive day for Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins as he was able to successfully throw off a mound on Tuesday at the team's spring training complex. While he only threw 15 pitches, the fact Perkins made it through the session without complaining of pain his shoulder was all that mattered. The fact of the matter however is that Perkins is facing a long road back to active duty after having the shoulder surgically repaired last year and he is unlikely to be ready to answer the bell when the team's opener comes around. That means soft-tossing Brandon Kintzler will begin the year as the Twins closer but I already have spoken how dicey a proposition that is considering his pathetic K/9 rate of 5.80 last season. Already 32 and with a very ugly past in the majors in terms of numbers, Kintzler will get exposed quickly once the season gets underway which gives Perkins a chance to close games again. What kind of shape he will be in though remains a major question mark as we all know shoulder injuries are very tough to come back from in terms of retaining previous top-end stuff.