Capps set to return to Twins on Monday

Capps set to return to Twins on Monday

DETROIT -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has expressed concern about having to overwork his bullpen, which has covered 21 1/3 innings over the past five games entering Sunday night's second game of a doubleheader. But they hope to receive a boost Monday.

Twins closer Matt Capps is scheduled to rejoin the team and be activated from the disabled list in time for Monday's game against the Yankees after missing the last 64 games with right rotator cuff irritation. His last outing was on July 15 against the Orioles when he gave up two runs on two hits in one inning.

"He threw a little bit over the weekend and he's joining us tomorrow, and we'll have him out in the bullpen," Gardenhire said. "We'll go day by day with him and see how we're going to use him. We don't want to push the limits too much. But he feels good, he threw good and we'll see what happens."

In his second season with the Twins, Capps has made 29 appearances and is 1-4 with a 3.81 ERA and 14 saves. Although it's unlikely he'll be back closing games, Gardenhire plans on using him.

"We're not going to go back-to-back-to-back or anything like that," he said. "We'll go a day here and we'll see how he feels the next day. The one thing I talked to him about, I don't want him to just come up here and pitch one time and say, 'OK, I'm good. I'm done.' He doesn't need that. ... But we're not going to overuse him."