All of your Minnesota Twins questions have been answered today, as long as you ignore the gaping hole in centerfield. On Friday afternoon, the fate of the arms shooting for the starting rotation has been settled.
LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune reports that right hander Kyle Gibson has grabbed the final spot in the rotation. This makes the rotation all right handed with the first four being Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey.
Neal also reports that the darling of spring, Sam Deduno, will be starting the season in the bullpen with beliefs that he would be the first replacement option if one of the top five struggles.
The announcement of Gibson getting the nod is seemingly the right one for the future of the franchise with him only being 26 years old and a potential cornerstone of the rotation. It still is a little surprising though with Deduno, Scott Diamond and Vance Worley all being out of options.
Speaking of Worley, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Worley has been placed on waivers. This is not the biggest surprise with Worley having a 13.5 ERA in 10 2/3 innings of work this spring.
LaVelle E. Neal points out that with Deduno going to the pen and the possible addition of Michael Tonkin, two arms from last year’s solid bullpen will probably be gone before Opening Day which is just 10 days away in Chicago.