06/17/12 8:40 PM ET
Capps out with shoulder inflammation
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Capps is expected to be out until Tuesday, as he was unavailable to pitch against the Brewers on Sunday. He gave up a two-run homer in Minnesota's 5-3 loss to Milwaukee on Friday.
"It's just a sore shoulder after the game, where he gave up the home run," Gardenhire said. "He came in the next morning and he was pretty sore, so we backed him off, checked him out, everything looked good. ... Just a little inflammation in there. He's doing all of his exercises and he should be ready to go Tuesday."
Right-hander Jared Burton and left-hander Glen Perkins are expected to handle closer duties until Capps returns.
Capps has a 3.55 ERA in 26 appearances, with 14 saves in 15 opportunities this season.
Mauer exits Sunday with bruised right quad
MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer returned to the lineup against the Brewers on Sunday after missing Saturday's game with a sore hamstring, but left the game for a pinch-runner after singling in the seventh inning with a bruised right quad. He hurt it in a home-plate collision with Rickie Weeks in the second inning.
Mauer, who felt the soreness in his hamstring in Friday's game, started behind the plate and batted third against Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke. He is listed as day to day.
"[The quad] didn't feel better, and actually got worse as the game went on," Mauer said. "I told Gardy, 'I'll give you everything I got.'"
He went 3-for-4 with three singles and two RBIs against Greinke, but his right leg clearly bothered him. He ripped a ball down the right-field line in the sixth, but settled for a single instead of trying for a double.
"It probably should've been a double, but I was going as fast as I could go," Mauer said. "He talked to me about it and told me that if I got on again, he'd probably have to take me out. So that's what the situation called for."
He later delivered a game-tying RBI single in the seventh, but was removed for pinch-runner Darin Mastroianni after the hit. Drew Butera then replaced Mauer behind the plate in the eighth.
After collecting three hits on Sunday, Mauer is hitting .314, with a .415 on-base percentage and .427 slugging percentage in 60 games.
He said his sore right hamstring is no longer an issue, and that he was more bothered by his quad. "I forgot about that," Mauer said. "After that happened, I didn't really feel the hamstring too bad."
Plouffe moves up in Twins' batting order
MINNEAPOLIS -- After Trevor Plouffe set a career high with three walks on Saturday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire decided to move him up in the batting order on Sunday.
Plouffe, who had been batting seventh, moved up ahead of Ryan Doumit and hit sixth on Sunday.
"We wanted to put a lefty behind him and see what happens," Gardenhire said. "He didn't get anything yesterday."
Plouffe has been one of baseball's hottest hitters, as he leads the Majors with nine homers and a 1.465 OPS in June.
Gardenhire, though, said he's fine with Plouffe drawing walks if he's not getting pitches to hit, as it's better than chasing pitches he can't drive.
"That's the key -- you can get too aggressive there and try to do too much," Gardenhire said. "But he took his walks. And that's a good thing."