Twins place would-be Opening Day starter Scott Diamond on disabled list

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Scott Diamond was in line to start Opening Day for the Twins, but instead he’ll begin the season on the disabled list.

Diamond had a bone chip removed from his elbow in December and at the time the Twins insisted he’d be fully healthy for spring training, but setbacks followed and now Diamond is aiming to make his season debut in mid-April.

Minnesota also placed long reliever Anthony Swarzak on the DL after he broke ribs during a “horseplay” incident at an offseason function. He’s expected to be ready sometime in April.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.