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    Will Scott Diamond be ready to go?The hits have just kept on coming for the Twins over the past two seasons, leaving those who believe in karmic balance to wonder just when a spell of good fortune would come along for a change. Apparently we're still not there yet, as La Velle E. Neal III indicated on Friday that reigning No. 1 starter Scott Diamond is "really iffy" to be ready for Opening Day after undergoing offseason elbow surgery.

    Diamond is a prime regression candidate, but he's the only player in the rotation mix who put together a full, successful season last year, making him the club's most reliable starting pitching commodity by default. Now he'll have a lingering injury concern on top of the question marks about his ability to sustain a breakout performance.

    As if Twins fans needed more bad news when it comes to the starting corps.

    Diamond underwent the elbow scope to remove a bone chip in December, after late-season soreness (which may or may not have contributed to his September struggles) carried into the winter months. At the time of the surgery, Darren Wolfson was informed that "Diamond will be ready for Spring Training 2013."

    It would seem that the lefty has fallen behind schedule if he's now being deemed "iffy" to be at full tilt in seven weeks. And as much as I'd like to believe that this revised timetable is based on some minor setback or a conservative overall approach, the last time we saw a player wait until December to undergo a purportedly minor offseason surgery was Joe Mauer two years ago.

    Like with Diamond, the club began to express some reservations about Mauer's status in the early stages of spring training, and we all know how the rest of that story played out. The thought of reliving anything similar with a young pitcher that the Twins absolutely need to get solid production from this year is a bit nauseating.

    But the past does not dictate the future. This is a different situation from Mauer's, and hopefully one that will carry a vastly different outcome. We're about due for that, right?
    This article was originally published in blog: Here We Go Again... started by Nick Nelson
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. Ultima Ratio's Avatar
      Ultima Ratio -
      Phew, at least we'll get a good, extended look at all the young guys he's blocking.





      /snark
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Eh, Diamond's absence would allow us to evaluate someone else. We're not going to be winning, with or without Scotty D. So give him all the time he needs. He's not a real ace anyway, just a desperate attempt to fill the "ace role" with a surely awful pitching club in 2013
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Somehow, THIS is still relevant. Even after the numerous trades and free-agent signings...these four are still my best bet to stick long-term.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      He could switch to being a righty, but I sense a case of bilateral arm weakness coming on.

      /snark
    1. LimestoneBaggy's Avatar
      LimestoneBaggy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ashburyjohn View Post
      He could switch to being a righty, but I sense a case of bilateral arm weakness coming on.

      /snark
      Bazinga....
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      so, Worley, and Corriea, and um, who? I think they'll start Gibson in AAA. So, Hendriks. That leaves two open spots for injured guys, or AAAA guys. Two open spots. As some of us have been saying, this approach left no room for error/injury. Right now, this rotation looks like last year's rotation. Hopefully Hendriks is what some of us think he can be, and not what he was last year.
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Was there some sort of explanation why the surgery didn't happen until December?
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaBombo View Post
      Was there some sort of explanation why the surgery didn't happen until December?
      According to La Velle, Diamond felt soreness late in the year but thought it was normal. When it was still bothering him during offseason throwing routines, they decided to do the surgery.

      Still, kind of weird. Don't all these guys have year-end physicals where this type of stuff is supposed to be caught?
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      This kind of backs up all the ideas that some have expressed around here regarding the fact that if you're going to rely on a rotation composed of a bunch of guys coming off arm injuries, you might want to have some contingency plans in place.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      The rotation could begin without Diamond, Pelfrey, and Gibson then. Worley is opening day starter . . . then Correia, Hendriks, Deduno, and DeVries???
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      Pelfrey is supposed to be on schedule.

      I think we are looking at Worley, Pelfrey, Correia, Hendriks, DeVries
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
      Pelfrey is supposed to be on schedule.

      I think we are looking at Worley, Pelfrey, Correia, Hendriks, DeVries
      Putting fear into the hearts of lineups everywhere...
    1. edavis0308's Avatar
      edavis0308 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer View Post
      Pelfrey is supposed to be on schedule.

      I think we are looking at Worley, Pelfrey, Correia, Hendriks, DeVries
      You're only on schedule until you inevitably have a setback.

      /rim shot
    1. Willihammer's Avatar
      Willihammer -
      "Where'd that bone chip come from?"
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Yes! More kindling to the fire on the Twins training personnel! They seriously do themselves no favors. I don't mind really. I think we'll see Worley, Correia, Hendriks, Pelfrey and Harden. I've had enough of De Vries, Deduno and all the other POS pitchers that logged innings last season. Pelfrey needs to prove he can pitch and will want to start in the MLB right away, and Harden deserves a shot to start out of the gate and if he has set-backs move him to the pen and let him be a shut-down set-up guy.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      Who was it again that was telling us there was NO ROOM for Saunders because, well, he'd be blocking all these prospects?
    1. LaBombo's Avatar
      LaBombo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      According to La Velle, Diamond felt soreness late in the year but thought it was normal. When it was still bothering him during offseason throwing routines, they decided to do the surgery.

      Still, kind of weird. Don't all these guys have year-end physicals where this type of stuff is supposed to be caught?
      Thanks. I assumed there was some sort of reason, but missed the LEN article. Your question about end-of-season physicals is a very good one. You can't catch everything, but would seem that with very specific stress points like sore knees or elbows, imaging or other methods might provide early diagnosis for conditions that require surgery, therapy, or even just preventive measures like a re-tooled offseason regimen.
    1. fairweather's Avatar
      fairweather -
      I can't help but laugh. What is going on in MN? Why does every athlete that MN fans deem important suffer injury? Some sort of hex has been placed on us and the karmic pendulum seems to have forgotten to swing back in our direction. OH PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!
    1. jmlease1's Avatar
      jmlease1 -
      I have to say, I'm deeply nervous and skeptical about medical news coming from the Twins these days. They've had quite a few significant injuries over the past few seasons, and seem to have managed to handle them very poorly overall.

      I don't know if it's incompetent medical staff, poor communications, bad luck, or what but it's gotten a little absurd. How many times will we get a report that an injury or surgery is considered "minor" only to have it turn out to be much worse? How many players will be considered day-to-day for weeks?

      At a certain point you have to stop believing word one about what the Twins staff says about an injury. Sigh.
    1. FrodaddyG's Avatar
      FrodaddyG -
      Good news from the Twins medical staff. Diamond should be out of the wheelchair by the All Star Break.
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