Hughes, Gibson cleared for starts

Hughes, Gibson cleared for starts

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-handers Kyle Gibson and Phil Hughes were both cleared to make their next starts, as Gibson will take the mound Tuesday against the Royals, followed by Hughes on Wednesday.

Gibson, who has been dealing with lower back stiffness, threw a bullpen without any issues on Saturday. He hasn't started since July 18, when he gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings.

Hughes was hit on his right shin on a comebacker from Adam Dunn on Thursday, causing him to leave his start after just three-plus innings. But Hughes threw his bullpen on Sunday without any problems and was cleared to make his next start.

"Gibby threw a bullpen and he's fine," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "And Hughsie is on track to start."

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain, also threw his first bullpen on Sunday. He's joining the Twins on their road trip and is scheduled to throw every other day. He'll also need a rehab assignment before rejoining the rotation.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.