Scott Diamond had elbow surgery to remove bone chip

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As if the Twins’ rotation wasn’t in rough enough shape already, presumptive Opening Day starter Scott Diamond recently underwent surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow.

General manager Terry Ryan said today that Diamond will not pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic, but is expected to be ready for spring training.

Diamond started 27 games for the Twins with a 3.54 ERA after beginning the season at Triple-A, but his weak strikeout rate of 4.7 per nine innings will make it tough for the 26-year-old left-hander to maintain that type of performance.