Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Second opinion for Gibson follows Twins recommendation: rehab then re-evaluate

Posted by: Phil Miller under Farm System, Twins pitching Updated: August 23, 2011 - 2:26 PM

Twins pitching prospect Kyle Gibson received a second opinion on his right elbow injury Tuesday from Dr. David Altcheck, the same doctor who performed Joe Nathan's Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery.

According to Twins General Manager Bill Smith, Altcheck recommended that Gibson continue his rehab program and then be re-evaluated at a later point, basically confirming what Twins doctors had recommended.

The Twins diagnosed Gibson with a strained flexor muscle and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. It's still very possible that Gibson will have Tommy John surgery. Basically, there's about a two-month window here because whether Gibson has surgery now or in the fall, he's still going to miss all of 2012.

Meanwhile, there's a chance -- albeit small -- that Gibson can recover without surgery, something the Braves saw happen with pitching prospect Arodys Vizcaino.

Gibson, 23, was considered a strong candidate for the Twins 2012 starting rotation before going down with the injury.


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