Logan Darnell to start for Kyle Gibson

Updated: July 26, 2014, 1:06 AM ET
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins recalled left-hander Logan Darnell from Triple-A Rochester to start Saturday against the Chicago White Sox in place of the ailing Kyle Gibson.

Gibson played long toss from 120 feet and threw in the bullpen Friday. He'll try to start Tuesday in Kansas City.

The right-hander originally was scheduled to pitch Wednesday against Cleveland but was scratched the day before due to lower back stiffness. Gibson is 8-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 19 starts.

Darnell, who was 5-5 with a 3.43 ERA for Rochester, will be making his first major league start. To make room for Darnell, Minnesota optioned shortstop Jorge Polanco to Double-A New Britain.

Gibson isn't the only Twins pitcher dealing with an injury.

Phil Hughes left Thursday's start after taking a line drive off his shin. He felt better Friday and expects to make his next start.

Kohl Stewart, the No. 4 overall pick in last year's draft, went on the seven-day disabled list Friday at Class A Cedar Rapids with a sore shoulder, but general manager Terry Ryan said he didn't think it was too serious.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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