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Coming off elbow surgery, Scott Diamond might not be ready for Opening Day

Feb 8, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

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When left-hander Scott Diamond had surgery in December to remove a bone chip from his throwing elbow, it was expected that he would be ready for spring training. However, it appears that he is running behind schedule.

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that while Diamond has begun his throwing program, it’s “really iffy if he will be ready for Opening Day.” Assuming he needs more time, the assignment could fall to one of the team’s offseason additions, Vance Worley or Kevin Correia. It’s worth noting that Worley had bone chips removed from his elbow last September, but he’s expected to be at full strength this spring.

Diamond, 26, went 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA and 90/31 K/BB ratio over 173 innings last season. The rest of the Twins’ starters had an ugly 5.86 ERA.

  1. digbysellers - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Guess you could say he was a diamond in the rough.

  2. ndnut - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Worley or Correia will get better HOF credentials with that “opening day start” right?

    • jwbiii - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      Don’t laugh. Diamond is from Canada. If Rob Ducey can make it. . .

  3. bleedgreen - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Vance Worley? As an opening day starter? I’m from Philly, and we love the Vanimal, but … really? If Vance Worley is your opening day starter, why even play the season?

    • albertmn - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      Obviously you didn’t see much of the Twins last season. Sight unseen, Worley is better than everyone except maybe Diamond.

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