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Updated: May 30th, 2013 2:59pm
Rough AAA outing for Kyle Gibson likely puts MLB promotion on hold

Rough AAA outing for Kyle Gibson likely puts MLB promotion on hold

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Earlier this week, Minnesota Twins general manager hinted strongly that top pitching prospect Kyle Gibson could position himself nicely for a major league call-up if he pitched well for Triple-A Rochester on Thursday.

Well, apparently Gibson saw his shadow.

Six more weeks in the minor leagues?

The right-hander gave up six earned runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings to Lehigh Valley. Gibson did strike out six, raising his K total to 59 in 66 2/3 innings, but Tuesday's start likely wasn't good enough to sway a Twins front office that has bemoaned his lack of consistency.

The Red Wings wound up winning the slugfest, 13-10. Gibson gave up three runs in the third to put Rochester in a 3-0 hole, but he followed with back-to-back scoreless innings. Lehigh Valley then rallied for two two-out runs in the sixth. Gibson allowed the first two batters he faced in the seventh to reach base and was pulled for reliever Aaron Thompson.

Thursday's rough outing comes after Gibson threw three gems in four starts -- two complete-game shutouts and eight scoreless innings wrapped around one three-inning clunker.

Needing to fill two holes in the rotation, the Twins elected to clear room on the 40-man roster for both Samuel Deduno and P.J. Walters, who have pitched well in recent days. With Mike Pelfrey and Kevin Correia earning large salaries and Scott Diamond cemented in the rotation for now, it appears Gibson will have to continue to wait.

Prior to the season, Ryan said the Twins will limit Gibson's innings to 130 or 140. He is already nearly halfway to that limit.

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