Braves extend non-roster camp invite to Capps

Former All-Star closer hasn't pitched in Majors since 2012

Braves extend non-roster camp invite to Capps

ATLANTA -- Matt Capps will have a chance to resuscitate his career courtesy of the Spring Training invite the Braves have extended.

The Braves signed Capps to a Minor League deal and added him to the long list of pitchers they plan to audition once they open camp on Feb. 20. With this latest addition, Atlanta is now set to bring a total of 32 pitchers, including 10 non-roster invitees, to Spring Training.

Capps totaled 119 saves while pitching for the Pirates, Nationals and Twins from 2008-12. But the 31-year-old right-hander has never fully recovered since right shoulder inflammation limited him to just three appearances after the All-Star break in 2012.

Capps made a total of 10 Minor League outings in the Indians' organization the past two seasons. The former All-Star closer was shut down during the first week of Spring Training last year, and he ended up making just four regular-season appearances, all with Cleveland's Rookie League team in Arizona in August.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.