Capps headed to the disabled list
MINNEAPOLIS — Four days after being activated from the 15-day disabled list, Matt Capps is heading back to the DL.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Capps irritated his rotator cuff while pitching the ninth inning on Monday against Baltimore. It was only Capps’ second appearance back after he missed 15 games with right shoulder inflammation.
A corresponding roster move is expected to be announced following Tuesday’s game.
Capps made two rehab appearances for Class A Advanced Fort Myers before being activated from the DL on Friday.
“There wasn’t any urgency to rush back,” Ryan said. “He was doing fine on the rehab assignment. Last night, he did something to irritate that thing.”
Capps owns a 3.81 ERA in 29 appearances for Minnesota this season. The right-hander has successfully converted 14-of-15 save opportunities.
Capps’ fastball appeared to suffer from diminished velocity in his two appearances since returning from the DL. He threw 16 fastballs in a total of two innings of work, averaging 90.9 miles per hour. Capps has averaged 92.7 mph on his fastball this season, according to Fangraphs.com.
Left-hander Glen Perkins and right-hander Jared Burton are expected to share closing duties with Capps out. Capps, who was the subject of trade rumors before his shoulder problems, is eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 1.
– Jordan Garretson