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Friday, July 25, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Kyle Gibson, Byron Buxton

By on 7/25/2014 07:45:00 PM

Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Kyle Gibson is hoping to return to team’s rotation soon, reports Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Berardino adds that outfield prospect Byron Buxton returned to action Thursday night with High-A Fort Myers after missing five games with a sore wrist:

Gibson missed his last start Wednesday with back stiffness. He said that he “felt good” throwing from 90 feet on Thursday and may try throwing off a mound on Friday to see if starting on Saturday would be possible.

Manager Ron Gardenhire has not officially announced who would start Saturday yet. Anthony Swarzak starting in place of Gibson last Wednesday.

Gibson has posted a 4.19 ERA (3.85 FIP) in 19 starts this season. The Twins rotation has had to deal with numerous injuries this season, including to Ricky Nolasco and Mike Pelfrey.

Buxton went 0-4 with two strikeouts in his return. The 20-year-old has had to deal with wrist injuries all season, appearing in just 14 games. rated Buxton as the top prospect in the league before the season. Buxton has posted a .259/.333/.481 line in High-A this season and is expected to rise quickly through the minors if he can stay healthy.

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