Rotator cuff puts Twins’ Capps back on DL

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota closer Matt Capps will be placed on the 15-day disabled list, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday. The Twins will also recall right-hander Nick Blackburn from Triple-A Rochester, the team announced Tuesday.

Capps irritated his rotator cuff during Monday’s game against Baltimore. It was Capps’ second appearance since returning from the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Ryan said a corresponding roster move will likely be made later Tuesday night.

Capps, 28, had a 3.42 ERA and 14 saves in 27 games before he was placed on the DL in late June. He then appeared in two games with Class-A Fort Myers as part of a rehab assignment. His first game back off the DL was a clean 1-2-3 inning against Oakland on Saturday, but he allowed two runs and a homer in a non-save situation Monday against the Orioles.

“I think he re-irritated it on a pitch (Monday) night,” Ryan said. “There wasn’t any urgency to rush back. He was doing fine on the rehab assignment. He threw an inning here the other day and did fine. … We’ll DL him here and hopefully get him back in 15 days.”

Capps’ name had been mentioned as a possible trade chip for the Twins, but he won’t be eligible to return from the DL until after the July 31 deadline.

Blackburn was optioned to Triple-A on July 4 after he was 4-5 with an 8.10 ERA in 13 starts. In two starts with the Red Wings after his demotion, Blackburn was 2-0 and allowed just one earned run in 15 innings. His latest start came on Saturday when he went seven innings.

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