The Minnesota Twins have been dealing with injuries to their pitching staff all season -- to the point where they're one of just three American League teams that's not in contention for a wild-card spot.
Now, they're dealing with so many injuries that they might not even be able to deal away some of their best trade chips.
They got some bad news on that front Tuesday when Matt Capps went back on the disabled list with right rotator cuff irritation. Capps, who is a free agent after the season, had just been activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday after missing three weeks with shoulder inflammation.
Capps won't be eligible to return from the disabled list until Aug. 1, which means the Twins would have to put him through waivers to get something for him in a trade. They're in the same boat with starting pitcher Carl Pavano, who has been out since June 1 because of shoulder problems and won't pitch until August.
Josh Willingham, Francisco Liriano, Denard Span could all draw interest from contending teams as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. But as the Twins try to restock their system with pitching prospects, they've lost two of their best options to make a deal.
With Caps out, Jared Burton earned his third save Tuesday, pitching a scoreless ninth inning in the Twins' 6-4 win over the Baltimore Orioles.