Capps expected back Thursday or Friday

Capps expected back Thursday or Friday

PITTSBURGH -- Closer Matt Capps threw before Wednesday's game against the Pirates, but is expected to be out until Thursday or Friday.

Capps, who is dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, hasn't pitched since allowing a two-run homer in Minnesota's 5-3 loss to Milwaukee on Friday.

"He went out and threw some in the 'pen and felt a lot better," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So probably give him another day. That's our preference. It could change as we go along."

With Capps unavailable, left-hander Glen Perkins and right-hander Jared Burton will handle closer duties based on matchups.