MINNEAPOLIS -- Scott Diamond was afraid this fate might be coming his way. And after yet another rough outing, Diamond's fear came true.
Following Thursday's 7-2 loss to Kansas City, Diamond and outfielder Aaron Hicks were optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Minnesota recalled outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and will make another corresponding roster move by Saturday.
Diamond, who turned 27 on Tuesday, has not been able to recreate the successful 2012 season in 2013. Thursday's loss dropped the left-hander to 5-10 on the year as his ERA rose to 5.52.
"I was fearful of this actually happening so I think because of it I was just trying to do too much," Diamond said of the demotion. "I just haven't been pitching well. I haven't been executing. I haven't been putting hitters away. I just haven't stopped the bleeding."
Diamond was knocked around for seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in Thursday's loss. After a clean first inning, Diamond allowed runs in each of the next five innings. It star...