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Twins prospect out for rest of season

Twins prospect out for rest of season

ARLINGTON -- Right-hander Kyle Gibson's Minor League season has appeared to come to an end.

Gibson, the Twins' first-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was placed on the disabled list at Triple-A Rochester on Thursday with a sprained ankle. But the move isn't hampering Gibson's progress as he was close to being shut down for the year anyway. The right-hander had thrown a total of 152 innings this year.

Twins Minor League director Jim Rantz said earlier this month that the Twins planned to cap Gibson's workload somewhere between 150-160 innings.

The year was certainly a success for Gibson, as he moved up three levels in what was his first professional season. Gibson did not pitch at all in the Minors in 2009 after he was drafted due to a stress fracture in his right forearm.

"This was a fast track for him," Rantz said. "I don't recall that happening much in the past."

Injuries within the Twins system and other callups did play a role in Gibson getting a chance to pitch at Rochester. He got the call to move up since he was the guy who was pitching well and ready when a spot opened up in the Red Wings' rotation.

Gibson was 0-0 with a 1.72 ERA in three starts for the Red Wings. In three combined stops between Rochester, Double-A New Britain and Class A Fort Myers, Gibson went 11-6 with a 2.96 ERA.

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