La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Kyle Gibson to have Tommy John surgery

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: September 1, 2011 - 12:44 PM

Righthander Kyle Gibson will have reconstructive surgery on his elbow after the initial phase of his rehabilitation program did not go well.

Gibson will have surgery next Wednesday in New York, the surgery will be done by Mets team physician, Dr, David Altcheck, who also operated on Joe Nathan's elbow last year.

"Kyle Gibson has completed the initial phase of the rehab program at our training facilities in Fort Myers," Twins general manager Bill Smith said in an e-mail. "Based on the results, and in consultation with Kyle and our medical staff, the best  treatment is to proceed with ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction, also known as Tommy John surgery."

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