Twins’ Scott Diamond ‘really iffy’ for Opening Day

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.

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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