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On tonight’s SethSpeaks.net Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast, Twins RHP Kyle Gibson said that his “arm feels good.” Wednesday marks six weeks since his Tommy John surgery, and he sounded in good spirits after a checkup in New York with Dr. Altcheck. If you would like to listen to the entire podcast, click here.
Gibson, the Twins top draft pick in 2009 out of the University of Missouri, came into the 2011 season as the Twins top pitching prospect. He impressed manager Ron Gardenhire in big league spring training. He was sent to Triple-A Rochester where he was 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA through his first ten starts. In 55 innings pitched, he had walked just 11 and struck out 59. He struggled in June and then pitched in the Futures Game. He was skipped in a couple of starts, and struggled in his final start. He went to Minneapolis and they found the partial tear of his UCL. Although the team prescribed rest and rehab, a month later when re-evaluated, Tommy John surgery was announced. He had the surgery in early September and has been working on rehabbing every since.
The initial thought is that the rehab would primarily be arm/elbow related, but remember that a tendon from another body part is used to replace the ligament in the elbow.
“(My) leg is actually starting to feel like it’s not a pull hamstring anymore because they had to take part on my hamstring to reconstruct the UCL, and it’s feeling really good.”
It’s way too early to know an exact timeline. The assumption by many is that Gibson will miss the entire 2012 season. However, Gibson acknowledged that he knows the Steven Strasburg timeline. He knows that Strasburg had his Tommy John surgery on September 3, 2010, and made his return to the Nationals on September 7th. That is obviously the best case scenario that Gibson is striving for. But each Tommy John situation is different. There are many steps that Gibson will need to work through. In a couple of months, the right-hander will start throwing again. He’ll throw on flat land, gradually adding distance, and eventually throw off of a mound. At that point, he will work some simulated games before getting on the mound against real hitters.
Gibson, who will turn 24 on Sunday, said that it is “good to see the progress I’ve been making.” And really, at this stage, that is what it is all about. It will be a tough year for Gibson, to be sure, but he’s mentally strong and will handle it well.
“It’s going real good.”
AFL on Tuesday – Aaron Hicks went 3-5 with a triple and his first AFL home run. Brian Dozier was 0-3 with two walks. Chris Herrmann was 1-4 with a walk. Dakota Watts gave up a hit and a walk but got the final two outs without being charged with a run.