Quartet of injured pitchers making progress

Quartet of injured pitchers making progress

Quartet of injured pitchers making progress
BOSTON -- Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony gave an update on Friday on the four Twins pitchers on the disabled list.

Right-hander P.J. Walters, who has been on the DL since June 14 with right shoulder inflammation, is set to make a rehab start with Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.

Fellow righty Carl Pavano is on track to make his first rehab start on Tuesday in the Gulf Coast League. He's been on the DL since June 4 with right rotator cuff weakness.

"There is no date to get him back here," Antony said. "I think we're looking at, if all things go well, he may start a game on Aug. 7 in the GCL. His last couple bullpens felt good, his shoulder felt stronger and he's more comfortable."

Closer Matt Capps, on the DL with right rotator cuff irritation dating back to July 17, still hasn't thrown a baseball. He's working on strengthening his shoulder before he starts his throwing program.

"I think he'll be back pitching for us this year," Antony said. "Same thing as Pavano right now, he has to get his strength back, he has to be comfortable, and then when he does, he'll start throwing again."

And right-hander Anthony Swarzak has also yet to throw a baseball since being placed on the DL, retroactive to July 25, with a mild right rotator cuff strain. But he's making progress, according to Antony, and will play catch for the first time Saturday.