Gibson is throwing at home in a 70-foot long shed with an artificial mound in his backyard in Missouri during the delay for major league baseball, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Gibson throws 40 to 50 pitches into a net, resting after about every set of 15 throws in order to simulate a three-inning outing. His six-year-old daughter holds an iPad hooked to a Rapsodo pitch monitor to determine balls and strikes. "I'm trying to mimic [spring training] as much as possible," Gibson said. "I figure we are going to have three or four starts to get ready. If you don't keep up your strength and endurance, you aren't going to be where you need to be when we get back." Last season, Gibson was stricken with ulcerative colitis, an auto-immune disease that puts him at an elevated risk for COVID-19 infection, although doctors told the right-hander there is no definitive evidence that he's at any higher risk for the disease's most serious manifestations.
Gibson allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over three scoreless innings in Saturday's spring game against the Brewers.
Gibson worked another scoreless spring start, but it didn't happen without drama. The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the third inning, but the right-hander escaped unscathed by getting Orlando Arcia to ground into an inning-ending double play. Of Gibson's repertoire, he throws the sinker the most, so it's not surprising to see him generate the double-play groundout. He leads MLB with 136 double plays over the last six seasons. "Definitely glad those haven't left me," Gibson told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. "I feel really confident in those situations that I can get out of them. Definitely like to see those happen early on in spring." There was some concern that Gibson, who battled ulcerative colitis in 2019, might be behind other starters. However, he was able to throw another 15 pitches in the bullpen following Saturday's stint and, with another three scheduled Cactus League starts, should have his pitch count up in time to take his first turn through the rotation.
Gibson allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one over two scoreless innings in Monday's spring game against Cleveland.
Gibson, who made his spring debut Monday, is slightly behind schedule in building up innings as he manages an ulcerative colitis diagnosis that impacted his 2019 season. "I felt pretty good in all the live BPs that I threw in the bullpen," Gibson told Sam Blum of the Dallas Morning News. "So I wasn't feeling like I needed to work on one thing. I think next time I'll work on a little more consistency with my curveball and my changeup a little bit." The right-hander is lining up to be the No. 4 starter in Texas' rotation.
The Rangers are being careful with Gibson, who lost strength last season while dealing with ulcerative colitis, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Gibson has been throwing his bullpen sessions and looks ready for spring training, but pitching coach Julio Rangel plans to take it "a day at a time." Rangel later added that he does not foresee any problems with Gibson, who is slated as a member of the rotation.
Gibson agreed in principle Wednesday on a contract with the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The terms of Gibson's contract aren't known, but he'll likely head to Texas on a multi-year deal after fielding interest from several teams so far this offseason. The 32-year-old has demonstrated some impressive durability with at least 29 starts in each of the past three seasons, but he took a step back in 2019, posting a 4.84 ERA and 1.44 WHIP across 160 innings with the Twins. The Rangers are likely hoping that Gibson can at least eat some innings as a mid-rotation pitcher, and the move to Texas may not be as punishing for his fantasy prospects compared to years past with the team set to play games under a retractable roof in 2020.
Gibson logged two innings of relief Tuesday against the Tigers and does not appear in line to make another start this season. He gave up one run on four hits and zero walks while striking out four and picking up the hold.
He had lined up to start Wednesday, but after Gibson was used in relief, it was announced that Randy Dobnak would start Wednesday on short rest. Gibson had an 8.02 ERA and 2.08 WHIP in 33.2 innings over his most recent eight appearances, so it makes sense that the Twins would move him to the bullpen at this stage of the season.
Gibson did not factor into the decision against Kansas City on Thursday, pitching 1.2 innings and giving up three runs on three hits and four walks while striking out two.
After coming out of the bullpen in his previous appearance, Gibson was given the opportunity to start Thursday but did little to stem the tide of his recent slump. The 31-year-old had trouble finding the plate all evening, tossing only 25 of 52 pitches for strikes and issuing four walks in 1.2 innings. Gibson held a 4.02 ERA after a win on Aug. 3 but has since gone 2-3 while posting an 8.02 ERA over 33.2 innings. He'll try to turn things around in a road matchup against Detroit on Wednesday.
Gibson made his second relief appearance of the season in Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Indians, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk in his lone inning.
After a stint on the injured list caused by ulcerative colitis, Gibson was reinstated Thursday and was lit up in his return to the rotation, giving up six runs in 4.2 innings. Given that the Twins already had 13 healthy relief options on hand with the expanded September roster, manager Rocco Baldelli's decision to deploy Gibson out of the bullpen three days after starting was surprising. Gibson is still expected to start the next time his turn in the rotation comes up Thursday or Friday versus the Royals, but his usage in relief may provide a glimpse of what his role might be when the postseason arrives.
Gibson (13-7) took the loss against the Nationals on Thursday, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits over 4.2 innings, striking out five and walking four as the Twins fell 12-6.
Making his first start after getting activated from the 10-day injured list with an abdominal injury, Gibson didn't have it, struggling with his command to the tune of four free passes and serving up a pair of long balls to Anthony Rendon and Adam Eaton. He now has a 4.73 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 151:49 K:BB across 154 innings and will look to right the ship in his next start, which is scheduled for a Tuesday home matchup against the White Sox.
Gibson (abdomen) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Gibson isn't slated to toe the rubber until Thursday against Washington, but the Twins have elected to bring him off the injured list a few days before his outing. He was placed on the 10-day IL on Sept. 1 due to ulcerative colitis.
Gibson (abdomen) is scheduled to be activated off the 10-day injured list to start Thursday against the Nationals, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
It was reported earlier in the week that Gibson was expected to return during the three-game set versus the Nationals, and he'll take the ball in the series finale. The 31-year-old landed on the IL at the start of September with ulcerative colitis, but it won't end up causing an extended absence.
Gibson (abdomen) is expected to return next week during the Twins' series against the Nationals, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Gibson has been sidelined since the start of September with ulcerative colitis, but he appears to be trending in the right direction. His exact return date should become clearer within the next few days.
Gibson (abdomen) said Sunday that he's hopeful that he'll be cleared to pitch again in about a week, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Gibson was surprisingly placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday when it was revealed he was dealing with ulcerative colitis, a condition that caused him to lose around 10 pounds over the past month and a half. Though Gibson had been able to pitch through the medical issue, the Twins elected to shut him down after he informed the training staff he felt little strength in his legs coming out of his start Aug. 30 in Detroit. Gibson, who has been fluctuating between 195 and 200 pounds since the All-Star break, will use his time on the IL to regain strength and move closer to his ideal weight of 212 pounds. While Gibson is sidelined, Randy Dobnak will get the first crack at replacing him in the rotation when a fifth starter is first needed Tuesday in Boston.
The Twins placed Gibson on the 10-day injured list Sunday after he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
Minnesota hasn't revealed a timeline for Gibson's return to baseball activities while he tends to the inflammatory bowel condition. With Gibson at least unavailable for his upcoming start Wednesday in Boston, the Twins will likely to turn to one of a pair of September callups, Devin Smeltzer or Lewis Thorpe, to take the hill or opt to fill the right-hander's spot in the rotation with a bullpen game.
Gibson (13-6) picked up the win Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits over five innings while striking out five in a 13-5 victory over the Tigers.
The Twins scored at least two runs in each of the first four innings, giving Gibson more than enough run support to overcome his own difficulties in keeping Tigers off the basepaths. The right-hander has had a rough August, posting a 6.27 ERA, 1.64 WHIP and 28:12 K:BB through 33 innings over six starts, but he'll look to wipe the slate clean in his next outing Wednesday in Boston.
Gibson (12-6) earned the win Saturday against the Tigers after allowing five runs (four earned) on 10 hits over 5.1 innings. He struck out eight and walked none.
Gibson was never truly on form Saturday as he gave up at least one hit in each inning, but the eight strikeouts and two double plays helped salvage the outing. The 31-year-old has a 4.49 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 141:45 K:BB across 144.1 innings and lines up to face Detroit again Friday.
Gibson (11-6) took the loss against the White Sox on Monday, giving up five earned runs on six hits over 6.2 innings, striking out four and walking one as the Twins fell 6-4.
Gibson worked deep into the game, but he yielded four earned runs in the third inning, which wound up ruining his final stat line and sending him to his sixth loss of the season. It's the second time in his last three starts the right-hander has given up five earned, bumping his ERA up to 4.40 to go along with a 1.31 WHIP and 133:45 K:BB across 139 innings on the season.
Gibson allowed three earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three across five innings Wednesday against the Brewers. He did not factor into the decision.
Gibson struggled with his control early, walking a batter in each of the first two frames and also throwing a wild pitch. While he allowed two of his three earned runs in his final three frames, the majority of the damage against him came on singles. Gibson has turned in consecutive short outings, lasting just 9.1 innings across his last two starts while surrendering eight earned runs and nine walks. Despite the bumpy patch, he maintains a respectable 4.28 ERA and 1.32 WHIP across 132.1 innings for the season. He'll look to get back on track in his next start, currently scheduled for Monday against the White Sox.
Gibson (11-5) was charged with the loss against the Indians on Thursday after allowing six runs (five earned) on four hits and six walks while striking out two over 4.1 innings.
The right-hander rendered himself ineffective this time around with a career-high six free passes to take his first loss since June 19. Gibson had thrown a season-high 110 pitches over 6.2 innings in his last start but exited Thursday's game after his 85th pitch in the fifth. The 31-year-old still holds a solid 11-5 record over 24 appearances along with a 4.24 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 126:41 K:BB. Gibson will hit the road for a showdown with the Brewers on Wednesday.
Gibson allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts across 6.2 innings while earning a victory against the Royals on Saturday.
The Twins spotted Gibson plenty of runs, which allowed Minnesota to give Gibson a bit of a leash. He pitched well but also longer into a game (by pitches) than he has all season, throwing a season-high 110 pitches. Since giving up five runs to the Yankees on July 23, Gibson has yielded two runs in his last 12.2 innings (1.42 ERA). He owns a 4.02 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 124 strikeouts in 123 innings this season. Gibson will pitch again Thursday against the Indians.
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|2010||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||43.0||7||7||1||4||1||0||40||12||33||1.88||1.046|
|2010||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||15.0||3||3||0||0||0||0||9||5||12||1.80||1.133|
|2010||AA-New Britain Rock Cat||93.0||16||16||1||7||5||0||77||22||91||3.68||1.215|
|2011||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||95.0||18||18||0||3||8||0||91||27||109||4.83||1.432|
|2012||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||7.0||2||2||0||0||0||0||7||1||6||2.57||1.000|
|2012||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||6.2||2||2||0||0||2||0||10||1||11||10.16||1.935|
|2013||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||101.2||17||17||2||7||5||0||87||33||85||2.94||1.166|
|2016||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||9.1||2||2||0||0||0||0||8||1||9||0.99||1.099|
|2016||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||6.0||1||1||0||1||0||0||2||3||7||1.50||1.667|
|2017||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||17.1||3||3||0||1||2||0||23||5||13||2.10||1.053|