Matt Capps missed most of last season with a shoulder injury that required surgery and now the right-hander’s attempt to make the Indians out of spring training has been stalled by more shoulder problems.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Capps will be shut down for at least two weeks with a strained rotator cuff.
Capps has plenty of closing experience in Pittsburgh, Washington, and Minnesota, but he’s never really been a closer-caliber pitcher and was already facing some long odds to crack the Indians’ bullpen. He re-signed on a minor-league deal back in November.
The past week has been filled with teams releasing veteran players who were signed to minor-league deals because they didn’t want to pay them a $100,000 bonus for accepting assignments to Triple-A.
And now we’re seeing teams re-signing those same players to new minor-league deals that don’t require the same bonus payment, as the Indians have brought back both Matt Capps and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
They’ll head to Triple-A to serve as organizational depth and it certainly won’t be surprising if both guys get call-ups at some point.
Last week the Indians informed Matt Capps that he wouldn’t be making the Opening Day roster and today they released the veteran reliever.
Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians may still try to re-sign Capps to a new minor-league deal, but in the meantime they released him to avoid paying a potential $100,000 bonus if he accepted an assignment to Triple-A.
Last year at this time Capps was the Twins’ closer and his deal with the Indians would have paid $1 million upfront and another $2 million in incentives if he’d made the team.
This morning the Indians informed Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps that they won’t be making the Opening Day roster, with the hopes that both pitchers would accept an assignment to Triple-A.
No word yet from Capps, but Matsuzaka has told the team he’ll head to the minors, no doubt realizing that the Indians aren’t exactly overflowing with great rotation options and it won’t take much to get a call-up at some point.
And according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com Matsuzaka will also get a $100,000 bonus for accepting the assignment, with the ability to opt out of his contract if he’s not in the majors by June 1.
Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps are among the players in Indians camp on minor-league deals, but this morning the team told both pitchers they won’t be making the Opening Day roster.
According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com the Indians are hoping both veterans accept assignments to the minors, which would come with $100,000 bonuses and opt-out clauses if they aren’t called up to the majors by June 1.
Matsuzaka was in the running for a rotation spot that may now go to fellow reclamation project Scott Kazmir, while Capps was competing for a middle relief gig after years as a closer.