Unavailable on Sunday against the Brewers after feeling some inflammation in his right shoulder, Twins closer Matt Capps is expected to be back on Tuesday, manager Ron Gardenhire said. In his last appearance on Friday, Capps surrendered a two-run homer, as Minnesota lost to Milwaukee 5-3. He has a 3.55 ERA in 26 total appearances, with 14 saves and 15 opportunities this season. "It's just a sore shoulder [from] 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." Pirates: Club to start planning deadline moves
When the Pirates get back to Pittsburgh after their Interleague road trip, manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington plan to get together to talk about a plan of attack for the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. "I haven't been involved in the internal discussions, but Neal and I will regroup when we get home," Hurdle said on Sunday. "Once you get past the 50-game mark, one-third of the season, you start looking realistically and what you need and where your surplus might be, and start looking for matches. "We've been engaged with other clubs for the last six weeks now. There's no traction anywhere." Huntington said the Pirates have heard from some clubs that said they are going to wait to make moves as long as they can to keep fans engaged, which means there will be fewer sellers. Also, with the addition of another Wild Card this season, Huntington said teams are tentative about what action to take. "With that extra Wild Card, every passing week everybody is trying to decide, 'Is it sooner, or is it later?'" Hurdle said. "The hard part is we're not the only club looking for specific things. A lot more clubs are involved, so it gets pushed back. Teams are taking longer to see if they are buyers or sellers." Worth noting
The Pirates start a six-game homestand Tuesday, which concludes with a three-game series against the Tigers next weekend. Pittsburgh has won four straight and eight of its last nine at PNC Park. With three hits on Sunday, catcher Joe Mauer moved past Cesar Tovar into ninth place on the Twins all-time list (1,165).