Greenfield grad competing for 5th spot in rotation

The Tommy John rehabilitation is over. The hoopla surrounding his big league debut has passed.

Kyle Gibson is ready to get to the big leagues once again — and stay there.

Minnesota Twins’ pitchers and catchers are due to report to the franchise’s spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 16. At that time, Gibson, a 26-year-old Greenfield-Central graduate, will embark on the biggest spring training of his professional career as he competes for the No. 5 spot in the Twins’ starting rotation.

“He’s a big piece of the future of this club and we got him through (the 2013 season) healthy which was great,” said Terry Ryan, Minnesota’s Executive Vice President and General Manager. “Now we’re hoping that he can take the next step — make this club and get to the point where he’ll give us a chance every time he takes the mound.”

After throwing 368 and a third innings over the better part of four years and overcoming “Tommy John” reconstructive surgery on his throwing elbow in September of 2011, Gibson made his major league debut on June 29, 2013.

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