Capps back Friday, Moss improves


The Pirates’ crew of walking wounded converged in the clubhouse at PNC Park this morning.

Closer Matt Capps (shoulder bursitis) checked in, on his way to Double-A Altoona to continue his rehab assignment. Capps will pitch Wednesday and throw a bullpen session Thursday, then be activated off the disabled list Friday.

“I feel real good,” Capps said. “I’m still trying to find my delivery and things like that, which is to be expected after taking so much time off. But physically, I feel real good.”

Left fielder Brandon Moss (left ankle sprain) limped to his locker, but said he does not expect to go onto the DL. Moss injured his ankle while trying to run out of the batter’s box in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon.

“It feels a lot better than I thought it was going to,” Moss said. “It’s just sore and stiff. It it (improves) as much tomorrow as it did today from yesterday, then it will be all right.”

Left-hander Phil Dumatrait also is back in town after having arthroscopic surgery to clean up his rotator cuff and remove his bursa sac.

Dumatrait will be shut down for the next six to eight weeks, then begin a rehab program. He expects to be ready for the start of spring training.