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Updated: July 17th, 2012 5:32pm
Matt Capps headed to DL after experiencing more shoulder discomfort

Matt Capps headed to DL after experiencing more shoulder discomfort

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As it turns out, Matt Capps' low velocity was a problem after all.

The right-hander is experiencing more discomfort in the front of his throwing shoulder and was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Capps was scheduled to visit with doctors on Tuesday evening, and he will undergo an MRI on Wednesday.

Capps is eligible to come off the disabled list on Aug. 1. The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31. Capps could still be moved before the Aug. 31 waiver deadline.

Capps surrendered a meaningless two-run homer in the ninth inning of Monday's 19-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles, but his fastball velocity sat mostly between 90-91 mph. When healthy, Capps' fastball usually rides 93-94 mph.

Capps spent three weeks on the disabled list in late June and early July due to shoulder soreness. He owns a 3.81 ERA with 18 strikeouts and four walks in 28 1/3 innings this season.

The Twins have a $6 million team option on Capps for 2013 with a $250,000 buyout, but the likelihood of him being traded within the next two weeks was higher than the likelihood of the team picking up his option.

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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