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Diamond hoping to be ready by Opening Day
Twins' top pitcher won 12 games in 2012, is rehabing from elbow surgery in December
February 11, 2013Tweet
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VESTAL, N.Y.—Former Binghamton ace Scott Diamond is readying for his second full season in the Major Leagues. Diamond and his Minnesota Twins teammates are in Fort Myers, Fla. as spring training opens this week. Pitchers and catchers report on Tuesday and Diamond has been working out and continuing to rehabilitate after surgery in December to remove a bone chip in his elbow.
Diamond, 26, is aiming to be ready for Opening Day on April 1 when the Twins host Detroit at Target Field. As the team’s most consistent returning starter, Diamond would be the frontrunner to take the ball for the season-opener.
The surgery delayed his normal off-season throwing and will keep him out of the upcoming World Baseball Classic, where he was expected to pitch for Team Canada.
After a 12-win campaign in 2012, Diamond was named both the Twins’ Pitcher of the Year and Most Outstanding Rookie.
The lefthander went 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 27 starts (173 IP). Diamond ranked 12th in the American League in WHIP (1.24), 13th in ERA and tied for 17th in wins. He was second among rookies in ERA, fourth in wins and sixth in innings pitched and his 1.6 walks per nine innings led the American League. Diamond has pitched 5.0-plus innings in 32 of his 34 career starts with 20 quality starts (17 in 2012).