Capps activated, to be eased back into action

Capps activated, to be eased back into action

Capps activated, to be eased back into action
MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Capps rejoined the Twins' bullpen on Friday, though he may not immediately reassume his closer role.

Minnesota reinstated Capps from the 15-day disabled list before its game against Oakland. He had been out since June 25 (retroactive to June 24) with right shoulder inflammation. The Twins optioned right-hander Kyle Waldrop to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Capps on the 25-man roster.

Capps made two rehab appearances for Class A Advanced Fort Myers, throwing two innings and allowing one unearned run on one hit.

"It felt pretty nice," he said. "I woke up the next morning and it wasn't too bad. It will be nice to get back up here and get back into it."

The right-hander converted 14 of 15 save opportunities and posted a 3.42 ERA in 27 games before the injury. But manager Ron Gardenhire said Capps likely wouldn't close again right away.

"We'll put him in a couple of different situations," Gardenhire said. "This is the big leagues, so nothing's going to be easy. We're probably not going to use him in the ninth for a couple of times, to make sure he's feeling good and throwing the ball good, then slide him back in there."

That doesn't mean Capps isn't itching to return to ninth-inning duty.

"The competitive side of me wants to jump right in, but they don't pay me to make those decisions," Capps said. "It's up to them. If I didn't feel like I was ready to get right back into it I probably wouldn't be here. I think it will be out of my hands, which is fine. We'll see what we decide to do."