Minnesota Twins left-hander Scott Diamond underwent a procedure in December to remove a bone chip from his throwing elbow. At the time, he was
expected to be ready for the start of spring training, but he’s running behind
schedule and is now “really iffy” for Opening Day, according to LaVelle E. Neal
III of The Minnesota of The Star Tribune.
Scott Diamond has begun his throwing program but its really iffy if he will be ready for Opening Day #whowillgettheball
— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) February 8, 2013
Entering the offseason, Diamond was the only pitcher
penciled into the Twins’ starting rotation. Since then, Minnesota has traded
Ben Revere and Denard Span, acquired Vance Worley and signed Rich Harden, Mike
Pelfrey and Kevin Correia.
Diamond started 27 games for the Twins last season, posting
a 3.54 ERA with a 2.90 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 173 innings pitched. The
26-year-old projected as the team’s Opening Day starting pitcher, but it
appears there’s a good chance he could be sidelined to begin the season.
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