Twins manager Ron Gardenhire says Matt Capps is dealing with soreness in his right shoulder, but hopes he is ready to pitch Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The Twins closer gave up a two-run homer during Friday night's loss to the Brewers. Meanwhile, Joe Mauer is back in as catcher after sitting out Saturday's game with a sore hamstring.
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Twins catcher Joe Mauer has been scratched from the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Ron Gardenhire didn't specify which hamstring was injured, but said Mauer tweaked it during Friday night's loss to the Brewers.
Gardenhire waiting for Mauer's return
Joe Mauer was used as a pinch-hitter Friday night, but his bruised quad kept him from starting. "I told you I wasn't going to chase people around," Ron Gardenhire told reporters before the game. "I'm waiting for them to tell me, and Joe to say he's ready to go."
Capps could be back after All-Star break
Twins' closer Matt Capps is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and then head to Fort Myers, Florida for a rehab stint. The right-hander is on the disabled list with a sore shoulder, but the team hopes to have him back in the bullpen after next week's All-Star break.
Twins' Matt Capps eyes return 'for all of September'
Ailing Twins relief pitcher Matt Capps says it's his goal -- not his trainers' or doctors' -- to be back with the team "for all of September." The right-hander has only thrown three innings of spot relief since June 15 due to his shoulder injury, which has been upgraded from inflammation to irritation in his rotator cuff.
Gardenhire: 'I'll be the judge' on when Joe Mauer plays catcher, gets days off
Ron Gardenhire says he'll do everything he can to keep Joe Mauer on the field as much as possible this season. How much catcher will Mauer play? That's for Gardenhire to decide. He says he'll give Mauer plenty of days off, "but for the most part", he'll be the judge of when Mauer needs rest.
Capps back on the DL, Blackburn called up
Twins closer Matt Capps is headed back to the 15 day DL with shoulder soreness. It's his second trip to the DL in the last month. Taking his spot on the roster is Nick Blackburn, who put together two good starts after being demoted to AAA Rochester. Blackburn's ERA with the Twins this season is 8.10.
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