At least not yet, anyway.
According to Tyler Mason of FOXSportsNorth.com, Twins prospect right-hander Kyle Gibson was diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He will report to the Twins’ complex in Fort Myers, Florida this week in an effort to rehab the injury, but his season is effectively over.
Gibson, 23, originally fell to the Twins at No. 22 in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft due to a stress fracture in his forearm. After posting an impressive 2.96 ERA and 126/39 K/BB ratio over 26 starts in his first pro season between High-A Fort Myers, Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester last year, he entered this season as the Twins’ No. 1 prospect.
There was talk of Gibson making his major league debut at some point this season, but after posting a 3.60 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 55 innings with Triple-A Rochester through the end of May, he went 0-5 with a 6.47 ERA and 32 strikeouts over 40 1/3 innings before being shut down with elbow soreness last week.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.