Twins bullpen battling through injuries

Twins bullpen battling through injuries

Twins bullpen battling through injuries
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' bullpen has been hit by a rash of minor injuries over the last few days, but manager Ron Gardenhire said that relievers Matt Capps, Anthony Swarzak and Phil Dumatrait are healthy enough to pitch.

Capps has been bothered by soreness in his right wrist, which flared up during Wednesday's game against the Indians when he allowed a game-tying home run to Jack Hannahan in the ninth inning for his fifth blown save of the season.

"We talked about sending him back out there for the 10th, but he said he felt something in his wrist -- a little tendinitis," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So we decided to back him off."

Capps was held out of action in Friday's 9-3 loss to the Rangers, but said after the game he'll be available to pitch on Saturday.

Swarzak suffered a mild right calf strain while running out to the bullpen before Thursday's game against the Rangers, according to trainer Rick McWane. But Swarzak said it didn't happen when the relievers sprinted to the bullpen before the game, as he hurt his calf during conditioning drills.

Swarzak was healthy enough to pitch six innings in relief of Brian Duensing on Friday, allowing two runs on six hits.

Dumatrait, meanwhile, was held out of action on Thursday and Friday with some soreness in his left biceps, but is expected be available to pitch on Saturday despite the injury.

"He has a knot in his biceps but he's fine," McWane said. "He's had this in the past."