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Scott Diamond clears waivers, sent to triple-A by Twins

Minnesota Twins left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond of Guelph, Ont., cleared waivers on Thursday and was sent to triple-A.

Gibson beat him out for 5th-starter's job

Twins left-hander Scott Diamond of Guelph, Ont., cleared waivers Thursday and was sent to triple-A Rochester. He struggled with location and curveball command last season while posting a 6-13 record and 5.43 earned-run average in 24 starts. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images/File)

Left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond of Guelph, Ont., cleared waivers Thursday and was sent to the Minnesota Twins' triple-A affiliate.

In February, the 27-year-old agreed to a non-guaranteed 2014 salary of $542,500 US if he pitched in the majors.

Diamond, who lost out to Kyle Gibson for the final spot in Minnesota’s starting rotation, struggled with location and curveball command last season while posting a 6-13 record and 5.43 earned-run average in 24 starts.

The Twins demoted him to triple-A Rochester, N.Y., on Aug. 1 before Diamond returned to make four September starts.

“Ultimately, I want to stay here,” he told Minnesota reporters on March 20. “I love these guys. I love playing with this organization … I want to pitch in the major leagues.

“I’m a major league pitcher. I’m not a minor league pitcher. Whether the Twins think I am, that’s up to them to decide.”

It was a slow start to the 2013 season for Diamond, who had bone chips removed from his throwing elbow after the 2012 campaign in which he went 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 27 starts.

In January 2011, the Atlanta Braves left the undrafted free agent unprotected on their 40-man roster after a successful 2010 campaign split between AA and AAA (8-7, 3.46, 123 strikeouts in 158 2/3 innings).

Two months later, Minnesota pounced and selected Diamond in the Rule 5 draft but needed to keep the pitcher in the majors for the entire 2011 season to retain his rights.

That wasn't possible once Diamond developed a blister on his thumb, so Minnesota dealt hard-throwing prospect Billy Bullock to keep him in the organization.

Diamond made his major league debut with the Twins in 2011.

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