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Capps, Matsuzaka sign Minor League deals

Capps, Matsuzaka sign Minor League deals

(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) -- The Cleveland Indians announced that both RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka and RHP Matt Capps have signed Minor League deals and will start the 2013 season at Triple-A Columbus.

Over the past week both Matsuzaka and Capps were informed that they would not break camp with the big league club. Both pitchers were permitted to look at other Major League clubs, but elected to stay with the Indians organization.

Matsuzaka, 32, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery but is still continuing to ramp up his work load. Manager Terry Francona said he told the Japanese right-hander that he still thinks he can get back to being the pitcher that won 18 games in 2008 while pitching with the Boston Red Sox.

Matsuzaka wanted to stay with Cleveland due to his relationships with Francona and other players on the club.

Capps, 29, owns 138 Major League saves but according to Francona and Antonetti he was just a little bit behind the rest of the pitchers in camp due to a shoulder injury he sustained a year ago. Francona said the Indians are happy Capps is staying with the organization because they feel like he can contribute at some point.

The Indians open the 2013 season April 2 in Toronto for a three-game series with the Blue Jays.

- Nick Camino

 

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