MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins closer Matt Capps rejoined his team Friday after spending time on the 15-day disabled list. But manager Ron Gardenhire said the plan is to ease Capps back into the closer's role.
"We'll put him in a couple of different situations," Gardenhire said before Friday's game against Oakland at Target Field. "This is the big leagues, so nothing's going to be easy. We're probably not going to use him in the ninth a couple of times, to make sure he's feeling good and throwing the ball good, then slide him back in there."
Capps was placed on the DL on June 25 after dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder. He made two appearances with Class-A Fort Myers during a brief rehab stint. During those games, he allowed one hit and one unearned run in two innings of work.
While Capps knows the decision to use him as a closer is up to Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson, Capps said he feels ready to step into a save situation.
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