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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Kyle Gibson, Byron Buxton, Ricky Nolasco

By on 7/23/2014 08:30:00 AM

Minnesota Twins right-hander Kyle Gibson will not make his start Wednesday because of back stiffness, reports Rhett Bollinger of Bollinger tweeted Gibson's scratch and the news that Anthony Swarzak will take the mound in his place:
Manager Ron Gardenhire told Bollinger that Gibson tried to complete his bullpen despite experiencing stiffness but his back 'locked up'. The right-hander is currently day-to-day.

Bollinger also notes that top prospect Byron Buxton continues to be hampered by injuries as he has now sat out of four straight games at Fort Myers. Buxton was hit by a pitch on his right wrist on Friday and although X-rays were negative, the team isn't taking any chances. The consensus number one prospect in all of baseball has just 56 minor league plate appearances this year as a result of the injury he sustained to his left wrist this spring.

Ricky Nolasco's timetable for return is still unknown, as Bollinger writes that he will throw a bullpen later this week before the team decides whether he needs a rehab assignment or not. If Nolasco does need one, he likely won't return before early August.  Nolasco's 5.90 ERA and 1.62 WHIP is not what the Twins were hoping for when they signed him to a four-year, $49 million deal in the off-season.

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