• Minnesota Twins closer Matt Capps was placed on the DL on Monday with right shoulder inflammation, which really didn't come as a surprise since the shoulder has been bothersome for the better part of two weeks. Capps made his first relief appearance last Saturday after not pitching for over a week, and it did not go well. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the soreness returned to Capps' shoulder while he was sleeping.
On the scale of severity, delayed soreness is often considered to be on the lower end but it still represents that there is a problem present worthy of addressing. As Capps himself told reporters, "I've pitched through a lot of things, and this is not something I feel like I can comfortably pitch through." An MRA (arthrogram, meaning dye is injected into the joint for better visualization) revealed no specific structural damage -- just inflammation -- and according to the Star-Tribune, Capps will receive the first cortisone injection of his career before embarking on a injury rehab program. The fact that Capps has such minimal injury history (no cortisone shots!) is actually a favorable indicator. Still, he is a pitcher and this is a shoulder ailment, so everyone will feel better once he actually returns. There is no formal timetable for his return, but his absence likely will stretch beyond the 15 days.
• When the Milwaukee Brewers scratched Shaun Marcum from his start last Tuesday, it was described as tightness and no mention of a DL stint was made. That changed Saturday when the team officially placed him on the DL (retroactive to June 15), but still there was no suggestion of anything serious.
While the ailment itself may not be particularly serious, it does seem to be more problematic than initially thought. Marcum cut a throwing session short Monday after experiencing persistent soreness in the elbow, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, meaning he likely will not return to pitch this weekend. The result may be a lengthier recovery time than the Brewers had hoped, but as to how long it will be, no one can say just yet. Marcum did undergo Tommy John surgery in 2008 and has dealt with episodes of minor inflammation since then and has come through them just fine. No need to panic yet, but the smart thing will be for Marcum to take his time before returning to the mound.