Updated: August 19th, 2013 5:08pm
Kyle Gibson demoted to Rochester after poor start

Kyle Gibson demoted to Rochester after poor start

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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The Twins announced Monday that they've optioned starter Kyle Gibson to Triple-A Rochester following his unsightly start in a loss to the Mets. Gibson lasted just 3 2/3 innings and while he was in the game, the Mets registered more base runners outs. Gibson permitted 10 hits, two walks and four earned runs in the 6-1 loss to the Mets.

Since his first start in the Twins rotation, Gibson has completed six innings just three times in 10 starts. He has not finished the sixth inning since July 23. And although the quality start statistic has it's shortcomings, it's somewhat telling that Gibson has just two in his 10 starts this season.

The 25-year-old former first-round pick is now 2-4 with a 6.53 ERA.

Entering Monday's start, a makeup game against the National League's Mets, Gibson had struck out just 5.13 batters per nine innings pitched and walked 3.42 batters per nine innings. Both rates are poor, and they got worse with Monday's short start.

Talk surrounding Gibson in spring training concentrated partly on whether or not he would have an innings limit imposed. He pitched well in Rochester before his call-up -3.01 ERA in 92 2/3 innings with 79 strikeouts, 28 walks and a 1.14 WHIP - but has been mediocre or worse since he was promoted to the big league club in late June.

It's yet unclear who will replace Gibson in the Twins starting rotation. Liam Hendriks is scheduled to start Monday for Rochester, which is in the midst of a playoff hunt.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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