Capps throws for first time, to start rehab soon

Capps throws for first time, to start rehab soon

DETROIT -- Twins closer Matt Capps played catch Monday for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot in his right shoulder last week.

Capps, who is on the disabled list retroactive to June 24 with inflammation in his right shoulder, is planning on making a rehab appearance with Class A Fort Myers on July 10 or 11. He's tentatively scheduled to throw his first bullpen session this weekend.

The hope is that Capps will be ready to rejoin the Twins after the All-Star break since their first game after the Midsummer Classic is Friday, June 13, against the A's.

"What he'd like to do is go to Florida and go home to Bradenton, [Fla.], over the All-Star break and pitch an inning with the Miracle on a rehab," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "Hopefully, all will go well and he'll be ready to return right after the break."

Capps has a 3.42 ERA with 14 saves in 27 appearances this season. He initially felt discomfort in his shoulder against the Brewers on June 15 and took a week off before suffering a setback in an inning against the Reds on June 23.