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Updated: June 24th, 2012 9:54am
Matt Capps' shoulder 'not good' after low-velocity outing against Reds

Matt Capps' shoulder 'not good' after low-velocity outing against Reds

by Phil Mackey
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Minnesota Twins closer Matt Capps is likely looking at more time on the sidelines.

After throwing 23 pitches against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, Capps' shoulder was "not good," manager Ron Gardenhire said on his weekly Sunday morning radio show on 1500 ESPN.

Capps went eight days between appearances due to shoulder discomfort, and even with the extended rest his velocity was down 3-4 mph on Saturday. Gardenhire said Capps is "back to square one," adding, "We haven't DL'd him by any means yet. ... But that's a big possibility."

Capps will likely undergo an MRI after visiting with team doctors when the team returns to Target Field on Monday.

In 26 1/3 innings this season Capps owns a 3.42 ERA with 16 strikeouts and four walks.

He is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and could act as a trade chip for the Twins before the July 31 deadline, but shoulder issues diminish his value.

Glen Perkins has tallied two saves in Capps' absence. Jared Burton could also be used in ninth-inning situations with Capps out.

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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