Scott Diamond will begin the season the disabled list

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Initially when Scott Diamond had surgery in December to remove bone spurs from his elbow the Twins said he’d be recovered in plenty of time for the season, but setbacks followed and now the left-hander will begin the year on the disabled list.

Diamond is healthy enough to pitch in a minor-league game today and was clocked in the high-80s, but told reporters afterward that he’s aiming to make his regular season debut on April 12.

If healthy Diamond almost surely would have drawn the Opening Day start for the Twins, who’re now probably looking at Vance Worley facing Justin Verlander in Game 1.

In related news it’s going to be another long season in Minnesota, but at least it’s 18 degrees and snowing heavily here on March 18.