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Twins activate Matt Capps from disabled list

Sep 24, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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Matt Capps is back from the disabled list after missing the past two months with a shoulder injury, but in his absence Glen Perkins left no doubt that he’s the Twins’ best closer option.

Since taking over as closer Perkins has converted 14-of-15 save chances with a 1.91 ERA and 35/4 K/BB ratio in 38 innings, whereas Capps has a 3.64 ERA and just 73 total strikeouts in 121 innings since the Twins acquired him from the Nationals in mid-2010.

Capps has a $6 million option for next season, but even after giving up too much to get him and then paying too much to keep him the Twins will presumably cut bait on the 28-year-old right-hander. When healthy he’s a solid enough pitcher, but Capps has always been better suited for setup man duties.

  1. stabonerichard - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Between Perkins and Matty Capps, the Twins essentially have an ambidextrous Proven Closer. Yanks better hope they don’t find themselves trailing after 7 innings against the Twins this week… straight ice comin out of that pen.

  2. kander013 - Sep 24, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    But he’s a PROVEN closer!!

  3. wlschneider09 - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    We’re saved! (Pun intended)

  4. spudatx - Sep 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    I just hope Gardenhire hasn’t forgotten what Capps is (in)capable of during his absence!

  5. Cris E - Sep 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    The pen has been good all year. The issue has been getting a lead in the first place without the starters blowing up or the offense falling sleep. Matt Capps is a nice guy getting a chance to prove he can still pitch before heading into the winter to job hunt.

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