PITTSBURGH -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer was held out of the lineup against the Pirates on Tuesday, as he's still dealing with a bruised right quad sustained in a home-plate collision with the Brewers' Rickie Weeks on Sunday.
Mauer left Sunday's game for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning after Weeks' kneed him in his quad in a collision in the second inning. He said he's feeling better, and can serve as a pinch-hitter, but still can't run.
"I'll probably need a runner," Mauer said. "It's made big improvements from yesterday to today. That's encouraging; hopefully it continues to do that."
There's still no timetable for Mauer's return, as Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, he remains day to day.
"I can't tell you how long it's going to last," Gardenhire said. "It's up to him and how he feels. Obviously, he went out there today and tried to stretch around and he's still pretty beat up. He's doing all the work it takes to get back on the field right now; his body's just not letting him do it."
With Mauer out, Ryan Doumit was behind the plate against his former club on Tuesday.
Capps feels ready; Twins remain cautious
PITTSBURGH -- Closer Matt Capps, who is battling inflammation in his right shoulder, said he feels ready to pitch, but the Twins are going to be cautious with the right-hander.
Capps first felt the discomfort when he woke up on Saturday, and hasn't pitched since giving up a two-run homer in the ninth inning of Friday's 5-3 loss to the Brewers.
He threw a light bullpen before Tuesday's game against the Pirates, but isn't expected to return until Wednesday or Thursday. Right-hander Jared Burton and left-hander Glen Perkins are expected to serve as co-closers -- depending on matchups -- in Capps' absence.
"Cappy went out and threw in the bullpen a little bit, feels good enough, but we're not going to use him," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're going to back him up another day at least, maybe two. We want him to be healthy, and he's not totally there yet."
Capps said he took some anti-inflammatory medication for his shoulder and that it's feeling better. He added he feels he could return, but is OK with Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson's decision.
"I just threw a touch and feel," Capps said. "It felt all right. I still have a little soreness in there. I certainly feel good enough to compete. That's Gardy's decision and Andy's decision and the trainer's. Whatever they want to do."
Capps and Doumit return to PNC as visitors
PITTSBURGH -- Twins catcher Ryan Doumit and closer Matt Capps both made their first returns to PNC Park in a visiting team's uniform on Tuesday.
Doumit, who played with the Pirates for seven seasons from 2005-11 before signing a one-year deal worth $3 million with Minnesota this offseason, said it was strange being in the visitor's clubhouse for the first time.
"It's a little different," Doumit said. "I thought I knew every inch of this park, but I guess not."
Doumit added he enjoyed his time in Pittsburgh and was happy to see the Pirates having success this season, as they entered Tuesday's game in second place in the National League Central.
"I loved everything about my time here," Doumit said. "I really did. I grew up in this organization. Quality people on that side. It's a great city and a great place to play, but it was just time for me to move on. I wish everybody nothing but the best here."
Capps, who played in Pittsburgh for five years from 2005-09 had only positive things to say about his former club.
"It's kind of cool, making the first left instead of going down the hallway," said Capps, who is nursing inflammation in his throwing shoulder. "It's different. It's the first time I've been here since '09. I faced them a couple times when I was in Washington, but hadn't been back here. It's a little different."
Capps also praised the ballpark, which along with Target Field, is generally rated as one of the tops in all of baseball.
"The view from the dugout is second to none," Capps said. "At night when the city is lit up and the bridges are lit up, it's a beautiful place. As far as the amenities and the atmosphere, Target Field is second to none. Both are great in their own right."