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Twins prospect Kyle Gibson will not need Tommy John surgery

Aug 9, 2011, 9:10 PM EDT

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At least not yet, anyway.

According to Tyler Mason of, Twins prospect right-hander Kyle Gibson was diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He will report to the Twins’ complex in Fort Myers, Florida this week in an effort to rehab the injury, but his season is effectively over.

Gibson, 23, originally fell to the Twins at No. 22 in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft due to a stress fracture in his forearm. After posting an impressive 2.96 ERA and 126/39 K/BB ratio over 26 starts in his first pro season between High-A Fort Myers, Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester last year, he entered this season as the Twins’ No. 1 prospect.

There was talk of Gibson making his major league debut at some point this season, but after posting a 3.60 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 55 innings with Triple-A Rochester through the end of May, he went 0-5 with a 6.47 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 40 1/3 innings before being shut down with elbow soreness last week.

  1. kander013 - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    What is up with the Twins and their response to injuries and surgeries? Rehab for x number of weeks, see how it goes and then in the end, have surgery? Hmmm, where have I seen this before? Mauer and his knee? Liriano and tommy john? What are the odds that rehab works? 10% Just do it and let’s get him back working towards the majors. What a year for the Twins and injuries.

    • D.J. Short - Aug 10, 2011 at 1:20 AM

      You can use Neshek as an example, too. I think the Twins realize they have little to lose by having him attempt to rehab the injury for a month or so. At worst, he will miss all of 2012. And realistically, he would have missed most, if not all, of 2012, regardless. I don’t know the success rate for rehabbing this sort of thing, but it’s worth a shot.

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