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Matt Capps Started Rehab Throwing Program

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KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 06:  Matt Capps #55 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during the game against the Kansas City Royals on June 6, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 06: Matt Capps #55 of the Minnesota Twins pitches during the game against the Kansas City Royals on June 6, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Before it was announced that Carl Pavano was going to be shut down for the season, I had called that he wouldn't pitch another inning for the Minnesota Twins. Everything about this season pointed towards that outcome. Well, it turns out I was only half right because I predicted the same fate for Matt Capps at the exact same time.

As it turns out, Matt Capps has begun to throw. It's the initial stage of the rehabilitation program that involves the arm.

Eventually he'll throw off the mount, maybe in a simulated game and a minor league appearance or two, and then he could be back. Apparently much more quickly than I had anticipated.

The Twins hold a $6 million dollar option on Capps this off-season, which they can buy out for $250,000. At this point it's hard to imagine them picking the option up, but the front office has surprised me more than once in regards to Capps already. I think all bets are off at this point, but we'll see how his performance down the stretch affects our impressions.