CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 03: Matt Capps #55 of the Minnesota Twins delivers the pitch during the game against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on June 3, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Twins defeated the Indians 6-3. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Twins have placed closer Matt Capps on the 15-day disabled list due to recurring shoulder inflammation, reports Kevin Goheen of MLB.com. Capps aggravated his shoulder Saturday when he logged an inning of relief against the Cincinnati Reds:
Capps told manager Ron Gardenhire Sunday morning that the inflammation and soreness had returned.
"We gave him, what, a week? We basically pushed him out for a week and that's about as long as you can wait," Gardenhire said. "He said he felt great, but the big test was coming out today. That's what happened the last time he threw, he came in the next day and was really sore. Same thing. He said he was sore in his shoulder."
Prior to his appearance Saturday, in which he gave up one run on a hit and a walk, Capps hadn’t appeared for the Twins since the 15th of June. The 28-year-old had been dealing with right shoulder soreness and inflammation.
Capps has maintained an ERA and WHIP of 3.42 and 1.063 over his 27 appearances for the Twins this year with 14 saves, 5.5 SO/9 and 1.4 BB/9.
Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune reported yesterday that the Twins plan on promoting left-hander Tyler Robertson. Robertson, who is expected to fill Capps’ spot on Minnesota’s roster, has posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.77 and 1.360 over his 33 appearances with the Twins Triple-A affiliate.