The wait is finally over. Following the Minnesota Twins 5-3 win in Cleveland on Sunday, the Twins optioned left-hander Pedro Hernandez back to Triple-A in order to promote right-hander Kyle Gibson to the majors. Hernandez, if you can remember, was only promoted in the first place to start instead of injured right-hander Mike Pelfrey who was sidelined because of a back issue and subsequently placed on the 15 day disabled list. For more information on the injury to Pelfrey, you can check out my article written earlier on Sunday about the matter. Gibson is now slated to make his Major League debut on Saturday at Target Field against Kansas City.
The timing of the promotion is kind of surprising due to the fact that Pelfrey isn’t believed to be sidelined any longer than the 15 day allotment, but maybe the Twins know something more about the severity of Pelfrey’s injury then they are disclosing at the moment. It was believed that once Gibson was promoted to the majors, he would stay there for good—health and performance permitting—until he reaches a predetermined innings limit. I had suggested that Gibson may also earn a role out of the bullpen—in an article accessed here—but it appears that he will finally get his chance at starting, at least for the time being.
Gibson’s stat line for the season is a 7-5 record with a 3.01 ERA in 15 starts over 92.2 innings. During his outings, he has given up a total of 78 hits, struck out 79 batters, walked 29, sports a 1.144 WHIP and a 2.82 strikeout to walk ratio. In his last start, Gibson went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and struck out six in picking up the win.
Needless to say, Gibson certainly has earned this promotion with the Twins; but how long Gibson will remain with the team has yet to be determined. I hope the Twins have this promotion labeled as a long-term plan in their minds instead of a short-term fix because Gibson needs to the chance and time to acclimate to the majors and a one or two start audition will not be enough. However, all of the personnel moves are certainly out of my hands; all I can do is join the rest of Twins’ territory and huddle around the television or make it up to Target Field to witness the long-awaited debut of one of the Twins most prized pitching prospects: Gibson.