PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: U.S. Futures All-Star Kyle Gibson #44 of the Minnesota Twins pitches in the seventh inning during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Kyle Gibson Started Strong In Return To Triple-A, But Struggled Down Stretch

Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Kyle Gibson started strong in his start this weekend for Triple-A Rochester, but the former first round pitch returning from Tommy John surgery struggled down the stretch.

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Kyle Gibson Injury: Twins Prospect Stellar Early In Return To Triple-A

Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Kyle Gibson dominated early in his return to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, as Ben Goessling of The Pioneer Press writes. The 24-year-old is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent last September.

The first-round pick from the 2009 draft was spectacular at first against Buffalo, striking out five of the first six batters he faced. Gibson couldn't maintain that dominance, though, allowing four hits to five batters during the following inning before being pulled after 47 pitches.

This week, Twins assistant GM Rob Antony told reporters that the team expects Gibson to compete for a spot in the big league starting rotation next spring. He'll likely finish this year in Rochester before potentially pitching in the Arizona Fall League.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Minnesota. For more comprehensive coverage of this series, visit Twins blog Twinkie Town, and for more news, notes and analysis from around baseball be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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Kyle Gibson To Start For Triple-A Rochester This Weekend

Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Kyle Gibson will start for Triple-A Rochester on Saturday.

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