Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Top prospect Gibson out with soreness near elbow

Kyle Gibson was scheduled to start on Wednesday for the Rochester Red Wings but word came out yesterday that the Twins top pitching prospect will miss that start with soreness near his elbow. This is not good news for a pitcher that could be expected to make an impact on the Twins sometime in the next season.

For any pitcher, the elbow area can be a scary situation to deal with when it comes to an injury. The dreaded phrase "Tommy John surgery" can be thrown around when there is an injury to that part of a hurler's arm. Obviously, the hope is that this is just some soreness from the season and not a more serious injury for Gibson.

In his recent starts, Gibson has not looked like he was right on the mound. He has not won a game since the end of May and he has struggled to go more than five innings in most of those outings. In Gibson's last eight starts, he has given up 34 runs for an average of 4.25 runs per outing. He also allowed five walks in his last start which is very uncharacteristic for the pitching prospect.

The rest of the season for Gibson is something that the organization and fans will keep a close eye on. The Twins organization has invested lots of money and time into their first round pick from 2009. This investment comes with added pressure to preserve the player for the future of the organization.

Earlier this week I wrote a post about the doubts growing over Gibson debuting this season. This new injury in the elbow area only adds to that doubt for the Twins. The hope is that Gibson can right himself by the end of this season and be ready to make a big impact on the 2012 Twins.

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