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Notebook: Slowey headed to DL with ab strain; Capps has sore forearm

Notebook: Slowey headed to DL with ab strain; Capps has sore forearm

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Kevin Slowey doesn't have a sports hernia, but he's headed back to the disabled list anyway.

The Minnesota Twins right-hander visited Edina-based specialist Dr. Bradley Pierce on Wednesday morning and was diagnosed with an acute rectus abdominis strain that is expected to sideline him at least a week.

"He recommended we take at least seven to 10 days of rest and ice and then return to throwing program," Slowey said before the Twins' series finale against the Seattle Mariners.

The Twins were still working to get in touch with Pierce as of late Wednesday morning, manager Ron Gardenhire said. But they placed Slowey on the DL after the game and planned to recall another pitcher, most likely right-hander Jim Hoey, in time for Friday's series opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Head athletic trainer Rick McWane confirmed the diagnosis, calling it a "mild" rectus abdominis strain and not the more serious sports hernia Slowey said he feared when he sought a second opinion.

"It's just something that occurred my last outing when I was at home (on May 15) versus the Blue Jays," Slowey said. "I felt it then, got a chance to talk to our orthopedist, which is Dr. (John) Steubs. He recommended some rest. Seeing as I'd thrown six innings, I was probably going to get four or five days. He recommended that, if the pain persisted, lingered at all, to get an MRI upon return, which is what we did (on Monday), and after he read the MRI, he recommended that I see the specialist in the interest of completeness."

Slowey has pitched only once since, giving up two earned runs in two-thirds of an inning in Friday's loss at Arizona, and Gardenhire has grown increasingly frustrated with the 27-year-old's sporadic availability out of the bullpen. He already has had one monthlong stint on the DL this season because of a shoulder strain.

Asked if Slowey would be demoted to Class-AAA Rochester once he comes off the DL, Gardenhire said, "We'll have to see where we're at then, let him get healthy for however many days that that takes and then definitely he'll probably be on a rehab (assignment) or something like that. Send him on a rehab, let him start and then go from there and see if we can work him into starting, stretching out and getting back into starting."

Capps sore

The Twins remained doubly short-handed entering Wednesday's game because closer Matt Capps is battling a sore forearm.

Capps threw 31 pitches in his last outing on Monday while blowing a save against Seattle and has allowed five earned runs over his past two appearances.

"Capps is a no-go," said Gardenhire, who dismissed the need for an MRI. "We're backing off him. He's sore in his forearm, so we're not going to mess with him."

Quick hits

• RF/2B Michael Cuddyer (hip tightness) was "feeling much better" on Wednesday morning, McWane said, but he was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day. "I don't think he's ready to play nine innings," Gardenhire said, "but off the bench to pinch hit and stuff like that, he said he's available if I need him, no problem."

• LHP Jose Mijares (left elbow tenderness) threw a bullpen session again on Wednesday and could take his rehabilitation to Florida as soon as Thursday.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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