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.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.