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Updated: June 25th, 2012 2:11pm
Twins place closer Matt Capps on DL because of shoulder inflammation

Twins place closer Matt Capps on DL because of shoulder inflammation

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins placed righthanded closer Matt Capps on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of right shoulder inflammation. The move is retroactive to Sunday.

As expected, the Twins will replace Capps on the roster with lefthander Tyler Robertson, who had been pitching at Triple-A Rochester.

Robertson, 24, who was drafted by the Twins in the third round in 2006, was converted from starter to reliever last season at Double-A New Britain. In 28 2/3 innings for Rochester this year he owns a 2-2 record with two saves, a 3.77 ERA with 33 strikeouts and 13 walks.

Robertson gives the Twins an extra lefty in a bullpen that has only one other southpaw, Glen Perkins. Brian Duensing will remain in the starting rotation until further notice.

Capps went eight days between appearances because of shoulder discomfort before making an appearance in the eighth inning Saturday at Cincinnati. Even with the extended rest his velocity was down 3-4 miles per hour as he threw 23 pitches.

Capps was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday. In 26 1/3 innings this season Capps owns a 1-4 record with a 3.42 ERA, 16 strikeouts and four walks. He is 14 of 15 in save opportunities.

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.

Perkins has two saves in Capps' absence. Jared Burton pitched the ninth inning to earn the save Sunday in the Twins' 4-3 victory over the Reds.

Phil Mackey contributed.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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