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Updated: July 18th, 2012 7:09pm
Matt Capps will miss significant time with rotator cuff irritation

Matt Capps will miss significant time with rotator cuff irritation

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Capps' sore shoulder was already set to keep him on the sidelines until after the July 31 trade deadline, and now he might be on the shelf through the Aug. 31 waiver deadline as well.

An MRI Wednesday revealed rotator cuff irritation for Capps, who will be shut down indefinitely.

General manager Terry Ryan said Capps re-injured his shoulder on a pitch thrown Tuesday night.

"(The MRI) didn't come out as favorably as I was hoping," Ryan said. "We're going to have to shut him down for a while. ... We're going to let that thing settle down. It's not exactly the news we were hoping to hear. ...

"I'm not going to put a timetable on it. I thought it was just going to be a DL stint. It's going to be longer than that."

The Twins are hoping rehab and therapy will fix Capps' shoulder. Both parties would like to avoid surgery.

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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