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Updated: July 1st, 2012 1:46pm
Twins closer Matt Capps, prepared for possible trade, to test arm soon

Twins closer Matt Capps, prepared for possible trade, to test arm soon

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins closer Matt Capps is hopeful he can return to the bullpen shortly after the All-Star break.

Placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 24 with shoulder discomfort, Capps plans to play catch on Monday for the first time since receiving a cortisone shot early last week. If all goes well, Capps will throw from 60 feet on Tuesday, then he'll throw a bullpen session at Target Field on Saturday while the Twins finish the first half of the season in Texas.

If the schedule, and his arm, hold up, Capps will travel to Fort Myers to pitch in a game for the Single-A Miracle on Monday, July 9. He will be eligible to come off the disabled list by the time the Twins begin the second half of the season on July 13.

Capps was having a solid season until shoulder discomfort sidelined him.

After allowing a go-ahead two-run homer against the Brewers on June 15, Capps' ERA rose from 2.96 to 3.55. He came in the next day with shoulder pain and the Twins shut him down until June 23, but he struggled to find velocity in an outing against the Reds.

The shoulder pain was worse after the outing in Cincinnati, so the Twins -- probably a week too late -- placed Capps on the disabled list and issued a cortisone shot.

If he comes back healthy, it's likely Capps will be on display leading up to the July 31 trade deadline for teams needing bullpen help.

"You always think about that a little bit this time of year, but I can't control it so I don't worry about it," Capps said.

"For the right package, (anybody's) gone. And from an organizational standpoint, in my opinion, it's probably the right way."

In 26 1/3 innings Capps has 16 strikeouts and only four walks. He has allowed 24 hits and four home runs. Capps also has converted 14 out of 15 save opportunities.

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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