Good news for Capps


CHICAGO — X-rays taken early this morning on Matt Capps’ right elbow were negative, and the Pirates’ closer will be re-evaluated before tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

In the ninth inning Monday, Capps was struck on the elbow by a line drive off the bat of Geovany Soto. Capps immediately left the field with the Pirates’ athletic trainer and was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

The numbness and tingling in Capps’ arm began to subside after a few minutes, and manager John Russell said Capps had “pretty good” range of motion.

Today, Capps will be re-examined at Wrigley Field by Cubs orthopedic surgeon Dr. Stephen Gryzlo.

Earlier this month, Capps spent 15 days on the disabled list with irritation in his right elbow.