09/25/12 8:15 PM ET
Capps impresses Gardenhire but won't close
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Capps, who had been on the disabled list since July 17 with right rotator cuff irritation, threw a scoreless ninth inning in his return after pitching in simulated games last Wednesday and Saturday.
Capps gave up one-out singles to Eric Chavez and Derek Jeter but was able to get out of the jam by getting Ichiro Suzuki to ground out and Alex Rodriguez to line out.
"He's fine," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He threw 45 pitches on Saturday, and we put him in there last night against what wasn't exactly the bottom of the order. He went up against the boys at the top, and the ball was coming out of his hand pretty good He threw some nice sliders, and his velocity was OK. For a first time back, I was happy."
Gardenhire, though, said Capps will likely not pitch again until Friday and Glen Perkins will remain the club's closer.
Willingham day to day with left shoulder sprain
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins left fielder Josh Willingham was held out of the starting lineup against the Yankees on Tuesday and will also sit out Wednesday afternoon's series finale after an MRI exam revealed a sprained left shoulder.
Willingham said he injured his shoulder while leaping near the left-field wall in an attempt to rob Eric Chavez of a homer in the seventh inning of Monday night's 6-3 loss. Before the results of Tuesday morning's exam were known, Willingham said he wasn't expecting any major damage.
"He's definitely sore," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Willingham. "We'll call it day to day, but how many days, I'm not sure."
With Willingham out, Ben Revere shifted from his usual spot in right field to left, with Chris Parmelee getting the start in right.
Twins see potential in Florimon, if not power
MINNEAPOLIS -- Pedro Florimon connected for his first big league homer on Monday night, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire joked that it wasn't easy to tell by the way Florimon reacted in the dugout.
The quiet middle infielder barely cracked a smile after his solo shot off Yankees reliever Cory Wade in the eighth inning of a 6-3 loss.
"He didn't really smile much, but I think he was happy," Gardenhire joked. "So it was nice to see."
The Twins aren't expecting too much power from Florimon, as his career high in homers in the Minors is nine, set back in 2009 while with the Orioles organization.
But the 6-foot-2 shortstop should have enough power to keep opposing pitchers honest, according to Gardenhire.
"He's got a big enough frame that he can pop one every once in a while," Gardenhire said. "But he needs to hit line drives and first figure himself out as a hitter at this level. So we'll look for consistency first, and maybe the power will come later."