Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Twins closer Glen Perkins has been battling neck discomfort for much of this month and is now scheduled to have his left elbow and biceps examined by team doctors on Thursday. With all that piling up, and the fact that he's allowed runs in four straight appearances, it's a good bet that Perkins won't pitch again this season. At least, not in a high-leverage situation. Jared Burton was used in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 8-4 defeat of the Tigers (a non-save opportunity) and many of the Twins' beat writers seem to think he'll be the fill-in closer for the final 10 games.