Minnesota Twins News & Rumors Forum
  • 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.

    ---

    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.

    ---

    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. tobynotjason's Avatar
      tobynotjason -
      very good news.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Happy happy joy joy.

      Move Span for a pitcher, pick up a decent starter in the offseason, get Gibson healthy, and this team has the makings of a non-embarrassing starting rotation.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      Additionally John Shipley reported his velocity was 91-94. I assume he threw all fastballs.
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      That is great news! Go Gibson!!!
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      Additionally John Shipley reported his velocity was 91-94. I assume he threw all fastballs.
      I was going to ask whether anyone had any first hand information about velocity, but I saw this. I am sure that Shipley's info is second hand the best. The only way to get velocity info for GCL games is by standing behind the table with the radar, just outside the fence where they are charting the pitches. and peek. Wonder if anyone around here did that for Gibson's appearance
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      As is written above, Shipley is getting the information from Rob Antony. I'm not certain if Antony is in Ft. Myers, but he would be the most knowledgeable person about what happened in Ft. Myers.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      I have been completely discounting Gibson from making a contribution before two years post-surgery, if ever. So progress like this is really a welcome bit of news, which I will try to continue discounting for a while yet.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      while it's nice to see him back, let's temper things a bit... 1 inning against rookie league competition where his fastball velo looked good.... he still has a long long long way to go.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      while it's nice to see him back, let's temper things a bit... 1 inning against rookie league competition where his fastball velo looked good.... he still has a long long long way to go.
      No one is saying that he's ready to come up and start on Friday for the Twins. But as written, it's another step in the process, a successful step. It's the normal process, and it is good news. Nothing more. Nothing less.
    1. Mchans24's Avatar
      Mchans24 -
      Greinke, diamond, Gibson, (FA Lefty), Hendriks. Next season!! Too wishful of thinking, not if Terry can copy Chuck Fletcher!!
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Wow, this is awesome that he is already throwing in live games. Even if the results were 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER I'd still be happy. The fact he looked solid on the mound is icing on the cake.

      While a septemeber callup would be nice, I am pumped at the thought of him competing (and most likely earning) a spot in the rotation out of spring training next year. People seem to forget he was the #34 prospect in baseball before the injury. And though his 2011 ERA etc don't look the most impressive, his perphrials actually looked very impressive, including his increased k/rate.

      I still have faith he can become a very nice #2 in the major leagues with his GB% and his improved strike out rate. A poor mans #1 isn't completely out of the question as well!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      I am very happy to read this. Even a #3 starter would be a blessing next year.
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mchans24 View Post
      Greinke, diamond, Gibson, (FA Lefty), Hendriks. Next season!! Too wishful of thinking, not if Terry can copy Chuck Fletcher!!
      Wishful thinking, indeed. Would love to see it, though. Am I wrong in thinking the Twins payroll on the books for next year is around 65 million? I know that's without counting arbitration salaries, but that should leave quite a bit of payroll if we stay around 100 million. So.. Enough money for Greinke?

      Wishful thinking...

      EDIT: Yeah, just read Bonnes' recent payroll post. I was quite a bit off.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by SpiritofVodkaDave View Post
      Wow, this is awesome that he is already throwing in live games. Even if the results were 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER I'd still be happy. The fact he looked solid on the mound is icing on the cake.

      While a septemeber callup would be nice, I am pumped at the thought of him competing (and most likely earning) a spot in the rotation out of spring training next year. People seem to forget he was the #34 prospect in baseball before the injury. And though his 2011 ERA etc don't look the most impressive, his perphrials actually looked very impressive, including his increased k/rate.

      I still have faith he can become a very nice #2 in the major leagues with his GB% and his improved strike out rate. A poor mans #1 isn't completely out of the question as well!
      Yes, I do hope he returns to the top 100 in the near future, and while his peripherals were excellent, he needed more time in the minors. Instead he lost that to TJ. The Twins would be wise to plan on him spending 2013 in Rochester to get used to piching again and to get a bit more polish. Expecting him to start in Minnesota in 2013 is not wise. Yes, he could prove me wrong, but I'd say the odds are not in favor of him doing so.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      If the Twins don't sign a big name free agent pitcher, and it's likely they will not, they are going to get so much pressure from the fan base to bring up Gibson. Unless he's dominating AAA, I hope they don't cave, but barring a setback, I doubt they will be able to resist a callup any later than the All-Star break 2013.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      I think an innings limit for Gibson next year would be a good plan.
    1. Mchans24's Avatar
      Mchans24 -
      I just keep hoping Grienke will want to stay in a smaller market and the Twins will do something out of character for not one of there own!!
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      today, Gibson .2 IP 2h/R/BB/Solo HR
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Why would it be good to have him in Rochester next year? He was ready this year, probably, pre-injury. Now he'll do rehab for almost half a year. Why wait another year, if he's ready?
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      I think an innings limit for Gibson next year would be a good plan.
      Last Twins starter that had TJ surgery was Francisco Liriano. He threw a combined 199.2IP in that first year back after 18 months or so of rehab & his arm was sound. Liriano problems have been command, not arm.
      Will be interesting if the do the same with Gibson & possibly Baker or take what I percieve as the wimp way out as Washington is
©2014 TwinsCentric, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Interested in advertising with Twins Daily? Click here.