The Indians are hoping that Matt Capps shakes off a shoulder injury and returns to being one of the more reliable relievers in the big leagues.
Capps signed a minor-league contract with the Tribe on Thursday and has been invited to major-league spring training camp.
After two years as a middle reliever for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Capps, now 29, became the club’s closer in 2007, when he saved 19 games in 21 opportunities, posting a 3-7 record and 2.28 ERA.
From 2008 through 2011, Capps saved 105 games (blowing 25) for the Pirates, Washington Nationals and Minnesota Twins. In his best season, 2010, which he split between Washington and Minnesota, the right-hander posted a 5-3 record with 42 saves and a 2.47 ERA and was the winning pitcher for the National League in the All-Star Game.
He started 2012 as the closer for the Twins but spent two stints on the disabled list because of a shoulder injury. His season was limited to 30 appearances, as he compiled a 1-4 record with 14 saves (in 15 chances) and a 3.68 ERA.