If Matt Capps hears the typical trash talk from Yankees fans when he warms up in the Twins bullpen Saturday night, that will be music to his ears. In fact, it will tell him that his ears are working well and it will be a sign that his week is getting better.
As rough as these past days have been on all of the Twins, they have been especially hard for Capps, who was in a Minnesota emergency room Tuesday morning with a double ear infection.
“I’m feeling better,” he said Friday afternoon at Yankee Stadium. “I woke up yesterday morning and felt a lot better. Fortunately for me, the weather has been nice. It hasn’t been that cold.”
The worst part perhaps was the flight from Minnesota late Thursday night—not the best prescription for someone who is having ear trouble. “It wasn’t a whole lot of fun,” he said, adding that he got through it with ear drops and some patience. His balance hasn’t been affected, nor has his strength.
“I pitched yesterday and with the exception of one pitch to Gardner, that I left up, I was pretty happy with the way I threw,” he said.
He was looking forward to getting out on the field, given that he never had seen the new Yankee Stadium. New York is New York. “I always like coming here,” he said. “It’s a good baseball experience.”