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May 26, 2013

Thoma column: Improvement is a nonstarter for Twins rotation

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Then there’s Gibson, the 2010 first-round draftee whose rise was stalled by ligament-replacement surgery. The Twins have given Liam Hendriks, Pedro Hernandez, Sam Deduno and P.J. Walters opportunities in the major-league rotation, but not Gibson, the arm with the highest ceiling.

I’m sure the organization has good reasons to hold Gibson back. The ones offered for public consumption don’t hold together logically — we’re supposed to believe he’s less consistent than Deduno? — which leads me to suspect they have lingering concerns about his health.

Add ‘em up, and the sum is a rotation that not only is bad now, but gives little reason for optimism ahead.

Edward Thoma (344-6377; ethoma@mankatofreepress.com) maintains his Baseball Outsider blog at fpbaseballoutsider.blogspot.com. Follow him on Twitter @bboutsider.

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