MINNEAPOLIS — Immediately after he put forth another sour performance, the Twins decided the 2013 Kyle Gibson experiment is over.
The team announced immediately following their 6-1 loss Monday they’ve optioned the highly heralded rookie right-hander to Triple-A Rochester. Gibson, a 6-foot-6, hard-throwing 25-year-old, started 10 games during his first major league collecting a 6.53 ERA and a 2-4 record.
Minnesota will make a corresponding roster move at a later date.
Gibson made his debut against Kansas City on June 29 and allowed two earned runs and eight hits during six innings of work, a decent start for a player hoped to alleviate the Twins’ painful lack of starting rotation depth.
None of his next nine outings were any better.
Monday against the New York Mets was one of his worst, as Gibson faced just 20 batters and allowed 10 hits and four earned runs.
It’s unclear how much more he’ll pitch for Rochester as the Red Wings aim for an International League championship run. Gibson is expected to be shut down at some point before the season ends, having undergone Tommy John surgery in 2011.
To date, he has pitched 142 1/3 innings between Rochester and the majors.