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Twins closer Matt Capps goes on DL with shoulder injury

Jun 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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Minnesota’s chances of getting something for Matt Capps at the trade deadline took a hit yesterday, as the Twins announced that the closer is headed for the disabled list with a shoulder injury.

Capps stayed on the active roster for more than a week while hurt and then looked terrible in one appearance, at which point the Twins finally decided to shut him down.

Left-hander Glen Perkins is the obvious choice to step into the closer role, but yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire turned to right-hander Jared Burton to close out a 4-3 game against a right-handed heavy portion of the Reds’ lineup.

Gardenhire has always preferred a set closer, so it’ll be interesting to see if he continues to use a closer-by-committee approach based on matchups while Capps is out. It’s tough to go wrong with Perkins or Burton considering how well they’ve both pitched in setup roles.

I broke down the Twins’ bullpen situation much further on yesterday’s “Gleeman and The Geek” show.

  1. youjivinmeturkey - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Is there any word yet on Altuve? Is He DL bound, or are they just waiting around to see how he’s doing?
    I’m super curious, to say the least.

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