• Kyle Gibson Makes First Rehab Start

    • A ground ball to the shortstop for the first out.
    • A walk.
    • A ground ball to second base which was turned into an inning-ending double play.



    That may not seem like much to get overly excited about, but for Twins fans, it was a good day!

    For the first time since he was placed on the Disabled List on August 2, 2011, Kyle Gibson pitched off of a mound in a game on Tuesday morning. It may have been a 10:00 a.m. eastern time start time in the Gulf Coast League, but don’t let that minimize the huge milestone.

    The Twins used the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 draft to select Gibson, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Missouri. He climbed the ladder quickly, and in 2010 was named the organization’s minor league pitcher of the year when he began the year in Ft. Myers and ended it in Rochester. He began the 2011 season with the Red Wings and pitched well for two months, but then things started going south. Although he pitched in the Futures Game a year ago, something wasn’t right. His elbow was hurting and after a stretch of rough starts, he was put on the Disabled List. An MRI in early August showed a partial tear of his Ulnar Collateral Ligament, and after rehabbing for a month, he had Tommy John surgery on September 7, 2011.

    In early June, Gibson threw off of a mound for the first time and said it “went really good. Arm felt great!” He has gradually added more pitches to his mound sessions. Last Friday, he pitched some live batting practice. Following it, he tweeted that “it went about as well as I could hope for.”

    Which brings us to today. It was just one inning, but for Gibson, it was another key milestone passed with flying colors. In fact, according to the Pioneer Press’s John Shipley, assistant GM Rob Antony said that Gibson touched 94 mph during his one-inning stint.

    No one knows how players will return from Tommy John surgery. Pitchers like Tim Hudson and Billy Wagner came back in less than a year and were as good as ever. Others, such as Francisco Liriano, take longer to find their stuff again. Joe Mays was never able to regain his form. Knowing that, however, Kyle Gibson also knew and was aware of the path that Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg took after his surgery.

    Strasburg had his Tommy John surgery in September of 2010. Kyle Gibson had his Tommy John surgery in September of 2011. Strasburg made his first rehab appearance in early July, as has Gibson. Strasburg got back to the big leagues in September. If all goes well for Gibson in the next month, it is very possible that he will return to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings and be right where he was being his injury. Who knows? A September call-up also remains an outside possibility.

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    GCL Twins 5, GCL RED SOX 11


    The Gulf Coast Twins are the only Twins affiliate that played on All-Star game day. They had a 10:00 a.m. start time. Gibson started and worked the first inning. Yorman Landa gave up four runs (3 earned) on three hits and four walks in two innings. Hung Yi Chen gave up one run on three hits and a walk in his two innings. Markus Solbach gave up two runs on four hits in 1.1 innings. He was relieved by Trent Higginbotham who gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in 2.1 innings. Chris Mazza got the final out.

    Gibson wasn’t the only player rehabbing in this game. Rene Tosoni led off and went 0-3 with a walk while playing in left field. Javier Pimentel was 2-4 with his fourth and fifth doubles. Jose Ramirez went 2-3. Kelvin Ortiz went 2-4. Kelly Cross was 2-5.

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    Games Scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, 2011

    Rochester Red Wings – All Star Game (Pedro Florimon)
    New Britain Rock Cats – All Star Game (BJ Hermsen, Chris Herrmann, Daniel Turpen)
    Ft. Myers @ Clearwater – RHP Tom Stuifbergen
    Beloit @ Ft. Myers – TBD
    Elizabethton @ Greeneville – TBD
    GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles - TBD

    This article was originally published in blog: Kyle Gibson Makes First Rehab Start started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 80 Comments
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Gibson Tuesday (7/24)

      2 perfect innings for GCL
      3 groundouts/1 flyout/2Ks
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ed View Post
      Gibson Tuesday (7/24)

      2 perfect innings for GCL
      3 groundouts/1 flyout/2Ks
      I cannot wait for Gibson to be in a Twins uniform. Outside of Kyle and Hendriks, there isn't much pitching help on the way in the next two years.
    1. twinscowboysbulls's Avatar
      twinscowboysbulls -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      I cannot wait for Gibson to be in a Twins uniform. Outside of Kyle and Hendriks, there isn't much pitching help on the way in the next two years.
      Truly one of the few things to get excited about right now other than the trade deadline.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Very cool. I would hope ftl is coming soon for him.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      I bet they try to get him up to 75 pitches before sneding him to Fort Myers.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Gibson tweeted today that he'll be making four more GCL appearances before being sent to an affiliate... which I would assume would be Ft. Myers to start with.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      What are the chances Gibson could make an appearance for the Twins this year as a September call-up?
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      What are the chances Gibson could make an appearance for the Twins this year as a September call-up?
      He's not on the 40 man, so I'd say pretty low. I know it's just a roster move, but it's enough to make the Twins poo-poo the idea.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      If they were a contender and they needed an arm then maybe but just let him go to the AFL and don't start the clock.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      What are the chances Gibson could make an appearance for the Twins this year as a September call-up?
      He has to be added following the season anyway, so there is a chance. I think he'd have to pitch really well for the Twins to consider the September call up, and even then they might not because they want him to pitch in the Arizona Fall League to get some extra innings. It'll be interesting to see how much they push him. So far, all has gone really well, no set backs. Hopefully that continues. He knew the Strasburg path from a year earlier, and he's been able to stay on that same path.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      I don't think his clock would start because you need a certain amount of IP or PA for that to happen right? Even if they had him make a few starts, I don't think he would come near that number. I think it will depend on how he does and if the Twins think he can compete for the starting rotation out of spring training.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Service time accumulates every day you're on the active roster.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Service time accumulates every day you're on the active roster.
      Right, but what you're really worried about when bringing up a prospect is having them become a super 2 with arb. I forget the exact qualifying numbers, but bringing them up in september would have little impact on it if the Twins plan to have him in the rotation from day 1 next year. If they don't, then there isn't much of a point to have him up unless they let him start.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      3 innings today (7/31) for Gibson in the GCL

      H/7K
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      No idea why he is still in the gcl at this point. Not sure I understand the thinking. He throwing the same way in either league, right?
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      No idea why he is still in the gcl at this point. Not sure I understand the thinking. He throwing the same way in either league, right?
      Good question and there is a method to the madness and a lot of players at other levels rehab at Fort Myers at the GCL league versus the FSL (high A - Miracle). Has to do with the time of the games and the level of the competition, but mainly the first. Games start in the morning. Usually 10AM sometimes 9:30. They are in a side ballpark with little league type stands and are free to watch. So no pressure and not 4-5000 people. And no heat and humidity. Also the competition is much much less, so you achieve successes and build on them. Might get to NB next I suspect.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      No idea why he is still in the gcl at this point. Not sure I understand the thinking. He throwing the same way in either league, right?
      I suspect they don't want him to overthrow yet so they'll keep him playing against lesser competition for a bit. They don't want him to be tempted to put a little extra on something or try and spin a pitch with a little extra on it. They just want him to get back in the swing of things and he can wait a bit before worrying about the level of competition. They'll probably send him to AFL.
    1. TD Mac's Avatar
      TD Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      No idea why he is still in the gcl at this point. Not sure I understand the thinking. He throwing the same way in either league, right?
      Reason for rehabbing in the GCL is twofold. First, rehab is designated as just that. The lower caliber player allows for rehabbing player to focus more on the process and not get as caught up in the results (human nature). 2nd, gametimes being earlier in the day allow for easier postgame rehab (including add'l exercises and treament).
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Correct, they need to respect the process... they need to be patient and cautious... he's been on pace as planned, no set backs... need to think big picture.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ed View Post
      3 innings today (7/31) for Gibson in the GCL

      H/7K
      That is super encouraging.
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