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Twins send Kyle Gibson to Triple-A

Mar 14, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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Kyle Gibson initially showed enough promise in his return from Tommy John elbow surgery that securing a spot in the Twins’ rotation seemed possible, but today they optioned the former first-round pick to Triple-A.

Gibson’s velocity has actually improved since going under the knife, but he’ll be on an innings limit after missing nearly all of last season and allowed eight runs in eight innings of work this spring to rule out cracking the Opening Day rotation.

Assuming he stays healthy and pitches well at Triple-A the right-hander should be in Minnesota by the second half, as the Twins certainly need plenty of rotation help and he’s already 25 years old. Gibson ranks sixth on my annual list of the Twins’ prospects and is considered a top-100 prospect across MLB.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Would the Royals take him in trade for Hochevar?

  2. Kleinz 57 - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    He can come back to the majors, but on the sole condition that he doesn’t touch Kevin Correia’s spot. Terry says we’re really going to need his skills this year — whatever those may be.

  3. jsally430 - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    terry ryan to gibson. we don’t want such a talented pitcher on.the team this year. next year when I want to win we’ll call you up

  4. twinstalker - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Hey, Aaron, I see you get some pretty intelligent comments at this site. :-)

  5. rgledz - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Typical Twins move, trying to save money. Why win when they can stash Gibson in the minors. Nice new stadium, crappy bottom dwelling team. Not excited at all.

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