Twins expect prospect Gibson back this year

Twins expect prospect Gibson back this year

Twins expect prospect Gibson back this year
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins prospect Kyle Gibson is making good progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and is expected to pitch in the Minor Leagues late this season, according to Twins general manager Terry Ryan.

Gibson, who had the elbow surgery on Sept. 7, is right on schedule, as the recovery usually takes about 9-12 months for pitchers.

"He'll pitch this summer," Ryan said. "I think we anticipate him pitching this summer. In fact, I don't think, I know. It's not anything different than the schedule."

Gibson, ranked as the Twins' No. 6 prospect according to MLB.com, could make his return at Triple-A Rochester. But Ryan said he just wants to see the 24-year-old healthy and pitching again this year.

"We want to make sure he's right before we expose him too much," Ryan said. "If we have to start him in [Class] A ball or in Double-A, I don't care where he starts, that's not important, actually it's where he ends up in the end. If he's 100 percent, we'll be very pleased about that, but yes, you can anticipate him pitching competitively this summer."