Scott Diamond may not be ready for Opening Day


Aug 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Diamond (58) throws during the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

When Twins left-hander Scott Diamond had surgery to remove bone chips in his throwing elbow in December, it was believed that he would be ready in time for Spring Training.

It appears he is running behind schedule.

Diamond, the unofficial “ace” of the staff, may not be ready in time for Opening Day, according to LaVelle E. Neal III ‏of the Star Tribune.

Assuming Diamond needs more time, D.J. Short of NBC Sports believes the assignment could fall to one of the team’s offseason additions, Vance Worley or Kevin Correia.

Diamond just began his throwing program, an early stage of his rehab from surgery. Twins pitchers and catchers report Feb. 12.