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Indians' Matt Capps out two weeks with shoulder strain


By on 2/21/2014 03:00:00 PM

The Cleveland Indians entered Spring Training with 23 pitchers on their 40-man roster, plus some non-roster invitees.  Although the Indians won 92 games, there are still spots to compete for in the bullpen. One pitcher hoping to come back from surgery and claim a spot in the bullpen is veteran Matt Capps. He'll have to wait a few more weeks before trying to impress the Indians after he strained a muscle in his right shoulder.



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As reported by Paul Hoynes at cleveland.com, Capps strained his subscapularis muscle, which is the biggest muscle in the rotator cuff.  Capps missed most of last season at Class AAA Columbus after undergoing surgery on June 5 to secure the biceps tendon in his shoulder.

With 20 relief pitchers in camp, there is a lot of competition to rebuild the bullpen after last years' closer Chris Perez was released and Matt Albers, Rich Hill and Joe Smith all left through free agency.  

Manager Terry Francona is going to give Capps every opportunity to prove he has what it takes to make the Major League roster.

"He's worked so hard to come back from that surgery, so we'll shut him down just to give him a chance to show what he can do. Rather than have that artificial deadline of opening day (March 31)."
Capps was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2002.  The eight-year Major League veteran has pitched for the Pirates, Nationals and Twins.  In 2012, he was 1-4 with a 3.68 ERA, in 29 1/3 innings pitched.  In 2010 he was an All-Star and saved a combine 42 games with the Nationals and Twins. Capps has a career record of 29-33 with 138 saves and a 3.52 ERA.

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