Capps throws bullpen session, wants to return

Capps throws bullpen session, wants to return

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right-hander Matt Capps threw off a mound on Saturday for the first time since going on the disabled list with right rotator cuff irritation on July 17.

Capps threw an eight-minute bullpen session and is scheduled to throw another on Monday. He's then scheduled to throw in simulated games on Wednesday in Cleveland and Friday in Detroit, as he's joining the Twins on their road trip.

"It was good," Capps said. "We'll see how I feel tomorrow when I get out and moving."

Capps, who has a 3.81 ERA with 14 saves in 15 chances, remains hopeful he'll rejoin the bullpen before the end of the season. He said it will give him peace of mind heading into the offseason and will also show other clubs he's healthy, as he's likely to be a free agent. The Twins hold a $6 million option they're all but certain not to exercise because of his health problems this year.

"I think it's what I have to do," Capps said. "There are 29 other teams out there and only one knows I'm going to be healthy and it's this team. They know what's going on. So I think for everybody I have to show that I'm healthy going into the offseason. There's a difference between a healthy offseason and a rehab offseason."