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Updated: June 6th, 2012 8:37pm
Kyle Gibson 'felt good' after first post-surgery mound sessions

Kyle Gibson 'felt good' after first post-surgery mound sessions

by Phil Mackey
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The Minnesota Twins could really use a healthy and productive Kyle Gibson in the starting rotation next season.

The right-hander took steps in the right direction this week.

Gibson threw a short bullpen session from the base of the mound on Monday in Fort Myers for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September. He tweeted Wednesday that he threw another "Good 15 pitches from the mound today and it felt good! 20 pitches fri, then 30 pitches (from the rubber) on Monday! ... Getting closer."

If all goes well in the coming weeks the Twins are hoping Gibson -- the 22nd overall pick in 2009 -- can return to game action in early August.

Gibson, 24, was on the fast track to the big leagues prior to the 2011 season. He skyrocketed from High-A to Triple-A in 2010, posting a combined 2.96 ERA with 126 strikeouts and only 39 walks in 152 innings. But elbow troubles ended his season in July last year.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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