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Matt Capps Injury: Twins Closer Headed To Disabled List

On Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins announced that closer Matt Capps will officially be placed onto the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation. Capps has been battling the shoulder issue for a while now but it was thought that he would only be out for a short period of time.

In fact, back on June 19, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that he expected Capps to return to action quickly, even going as far to say that he was fine and listed the closer as day-to-day.

Now, following a setback stemming from his one-inning appearance against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night, Capps will be placed on the DL.

After the appearance, Capps told Twins manager Rod Gardenhire Sunday morning that his shoulder was acting up again and that the inflammation soreness had returned.

Via the Twins official website:

"We gave him, what, a week? We basically pushed him out for a week and that's about as long as you can wait," Gardenhire said. "He said he felt great, but the big test was coming out today. That's what happened the last time he threw, he came in the next day and was really sore. Same thing. He said he was sore in his shoulder."

To replace Capps on the 25-man roster, the Twins have called up left-hander Tyler Robertson from Triple-A Rochester and will use left-hander Glen Perkins and right-hander Jared Burton as co-closers.

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