Found March 14, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
Many Twins fans were hoping Kyle Gibson would be the team's fifth starting pitcher this year. Turns out they'll have to wait for his big-league debut. Gibson was reassigned to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday as one of a handful of cuts made by Minnesota. The 25-year-old right-hander, who missed most of 2012 after having Tommy John surgery, posted a 10.50 ERA in three Grapefruit League games this spring. In six innings of work, he gave up seven earned runs on 12 hits. Gibson also struck out six and walked two. Gibson was Minnesota's first-round pick in 2009 (22nd overall) out of the University of Missouri. Thursday's demotion leaves the door open for a number of other candidates to take that final rotation spot during the last few weeks of spring training. That includes Minnesota native Cole De Vries, who has allowed just two hits in seven scoreless innings this spring, and right-hander P.J. Walters, who also has yet to give up a run in seven innings. Additionally, ...

Twins send RHP Gibson to Triple-A

Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson will begin his comeback season from Tommy John surgery in the minors. The Twins optioned Gibson to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday. The former first-round draft pick was considered among the favorites to make the Twins rotation to start the season. But he struggled with his command in four spring training outings. Gibson gave up eight runs...

30 Prospects in 30 Days: Aaron Hicks – CF – Minnesota Twins

Photo by: BeGreen90 Aaron Hicks is an outfield prospect for the Minnesota Twins who may have just officially changed his adjective description from prospect to “rookie”.  Going into the 2013 season Hicks was rated the 98th best prospect in baseball by, but a strong spring campaign and a weak level of competition for the job may have just vaulted the 23 year old to ...

Q&A: Vance Worley, Deceptively-Diverse Twin

Vance Worley will be displaying his uniquely-diverse repertoire in the Twin Cities this summer. Ditto his deception. Acquired by Minnesota from the Phillies in the Ben Revere deal, the 25-year-old right-hander throws six different pitches. They include a four-seam fastball that acts like a cutter and a cutter that acts like a slider. His delivery has produced a k-swing% markedly...

Red Sox 7, Twins 3

Mike Pelfrey is feeling good about his accelerated rehabilitation from reconstructive elbow surgery. Now, he needs to get the results he wants. Pelfrey gave up five runs in his fourth spring training outing, and the Minnesota Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Thursday. The big right-hander, who signed a one-year, $4-million contract with the Twins after five full big league...

Hicks laying claim to leadoff spot

By DAVID DORSEY Special to FORT MYERS, Fla. Aaron Hicks appears next in line to assume the Minnesota Twins center field position, a spot that has been held on Opening Day by just eight men in the past 27 years. Hicks, 23, hopes to fall more in line with Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett, who eight times started in center between 1985 and 1995, and Torii Hunter, who...

Pelfrey struggles in 7-3 loss to Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Pelfrey gave up five runs in two innings as he tries to accelerate his return from Tommy John surgery, and the Minnesota Twins lost to the Boston Red Sox 7-3 Thursday. Pelfrey had the elbow-reconstruction operation May 1 while with the Mets last season. Typical recuperation takes about year but he has pushed his rehab to be ready for opening day. He...

Links of the Day 3/15/13

Happy Friday! I’m going to try to do an episode of Rhino and Compass Radio at some point this weekend. I’ll keep you posted. The Twins have optioned Kyle Gibson to the minors, which means the Twins think there are 5 better pitchers than him in camp right now. Troubling. Charlotte and Richmond had the strangest ending I think I have ever seen. The bacon shell taco, ladies and...

Matusz has 4 hitless innings, O's top Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Brian Matusz pitched four hitless innings and retired his first 11 batters before a walk in the Baltimore Orioles' 9-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. After a season that saw him sent to the minors and then return as a reliable reliever, the left-hander is trying to earn a rotation spot with the Orioles. He struck out seven. Chris Dickerson...
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