|2013 Regular Season|
Diamond won his first decision since throwing seven scoreless innings May 7 at Boston, a string of four starts. He gave up three first-inning hits but was nearly flawless afterward, allowing only two base runners - a single and a walk - and facing one batter over the minimum. He struck out three.
Diamond allowed three hits in seven shutout innings. said he still felt strong when he left the game but understands the cautious approach less than five months after the operation on his left elbow so fantasy owners can breathe easy. He's allowed three or fewer runs in four of his five outings.
Diamond seemed to right himself, improving to 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA after he gave up a career-hit 12 hits to the Rangers in his previous start.
The Twins activated Diamond and optioned RHP Liam Hendriks to Triple-A Rochester.
Diamond will be on the mound Saturday against the New York Mets at chilly Target Field. The Mets routed the Twins 16-5 on Friday night as snow fell. It will be the left-hander's first start since having bone chips removed from his pitching elbow in December.
"I was hoping for better," Diamond said. "The way the first four innings went, getting out of the third inning I was pretty pumped by that and thought it was a big step. Just the way the fifth kind of sped up on me, they put a lot of hits together in that inning. You know, a little frustrating." He'll likely get the White Sox next.
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