ARLINGTON -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau struggled in June but has started to come around recently with a nine-game hitting streak.
Morneau is hitting .351 with a homer, two doubles and a walk during his hit streak. His homer in Friday's 5-1 win over the Rangers was his first since June 4.
Morneau didn't fare as well last month, hitting just .232 with one homer in 24 games, but said he feels like it's starting to turn around for him.
"You have to keep believing the hard work is going to pay off eventually," Morneau said before Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Rangers in 10 innings. "If I keep getting in there and working hard, hopefully good things will happen in the second half. We still have a lot of time and a lot of games left. A lot of time to turn it around."
Morneau, 31, is hitting .247 with 11 homers and .757 OPS in 64 games this season after hitting just .227 with four homers in 69 games last year.
Gibson to pitch in GCL on Tuesday
ARLINGTON -- Twins pitching prospect Kyle Gibson is scheduled to see his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery in September, as he's slated to pitch one inning in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday.
Gibson, ranked as the club's No. 6 overall prospect according to MLB.com, has been throwing live batting practice sessions to prepare himself for his first game. He'll be limited to one inning or about 15-20 pitches in his first outing.
"He's ready for game competition," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said.
If all goes well and Gibson is able to continue his rehab, there's a chance he could pitch in the Arizona Fall League in October, according to Antony.
Antony added that Twins closer Matt Capps arrived in Florida on Friday and is scheduled to make rehab appearances with Class A Fort Myers on Monday and Wednesday. The Twins are still hopeful he'll be able to rejoin the Twins on Friday after the All-Star break.
Twins evaluating Walters' next rehab step
ARLINGTON -- Right-hander P.J. Walters fared well in his rehab outing with Triple-A Rochester on Friday, but the Twins are still deciding if he'll need another start before rejoining the rotation.
Walters, who was placed on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation on June 14, tossed five scoreless innings against Triple-A Pawtucket, giving up five hits and striking out two.
"He threw the ball pretty decently," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Had good fastball command but his breaking ball was spotty. His arm felt great. So now we just have to make a decision on the route."
As Gardenhire explained, the Twins can either give Walters one more rehab start with the Red Wings on Thursday or have him rejoin Minnesota's rotation. But the Twins gave no hints as to which way they're leaning yet.
"We haven't decided which way to go," assistant general manager Rob Antony said.