Prospect Gibson has Tommy John Surgery

MLB.com—September 9, 2011

Twins pitching prospect Kyle Gibson underwent successful Tommy John surgery performed by Dr. David Altchek at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday.

Gibson is scheduled to head to Fort Myers, Fla., to rehab for the next year with Minor League rehab coordinator Lanning Tucker, as the recovery time is usually about 12 months.

Gibson, 23, was officially diagnosed with a flexor pronator muscle strain of the right elbow and a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament on Aug. 9. He received a second opinion from Altchek on his injured right elbow in New York on Aug. 22, but was told to finish the initial phase of his rehab before deciding on Sept. 1 to get the surgery.

Gibson was originally placed on the Minor League disabled list with soreness in the flexor muscle area near his elbow, and he underwent an MRI exam on Aug. 3.

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