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Updated: June 25th, 2012 4:42pm
MRI shows no significant damage to shoulder of Twins closer Matt Capps

MRI shows no significant damage to shoulder of Twins closer Matt Capps

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- An MRI on the ailing right shoulder of Minnesota Twins closer Matt Capps showed no significant damage on Monday, only inflammation.

Capps, who was placed on the disabled list, said he will likely receive a cortisone shot -- the first of his career -- after visiting with team doctors Monday night.

He won't pick up a baseball until Sunday or Monday.

"I was pretty nervous, pretty uneasy. It wasn't a comfortable feeling," said Capps, who felt more discomfort after his 23-pitch outing on Saturday in Cincinnati.

"After taking a week of not throwing I kind of expected it to be better. When it wasn't, it was a little more alarming. ...

"I think it's just the irregularity of work I guess. We had like a week there where I didn't pitch, but that last road trip I think I warmed up in all but one of those games, or pitched. Just kind of ups and downs like that, normal things that you go through over the course of the season, it just kind of caught up to me.

Capps hopes to head out on a rehab assignment during the All-Star break so he can rejoin the team in early- to mid-July.

The right-hander is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and could act as a trade chip prior to the July 31 deadline if healthy.

Capps becomes the 12th different Twins pitcher over the past three seasons to miss at least two weeks due to an arm, shoulder or oblique issue.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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