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Updated: April 3rd, 2013 2:05pm
Diamond on track to rejoin rotation soon after successful rehab outing

Diamond on track to rejoin rotation soon after successful rehab outing

by Brandon Warne
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Liam Hendriks and Cole De Vries are presently slated to bookend the Twins' weekend series in Baltimore, but one or the other may not be long for the rotation if Scott Diamond's rehab continues to progress as it has.

Diamond pitched in an extended spring training game down in Florida on Tuesday and reported no issues.

"Everything went great," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He threw 70 pitches and threw the ball great. I think he gave up a couple runs."

Diamond is slated to pitch next in Bradenton on Sunday, and is expected to have a pitch count around 90. If he comes out of that outing with no issues should be good to start the opener against the New York Mets when the Twins return from the upcoming road trip.

Diamond, who underwent clean-up elbow surgery in December, was 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA (53.4% groundball rate/3.94 FIP) for the Twins last season.

Another familiar pitcher also doesn't appear to be too far off, as Anthony Swarzak was also the subject of good reports from Gardenhire.

"Swarzy threw the ball great. Really sharp," Gardenhire noted, while also suggesting that the right-hander would start at least one more game before his fate would be determined.

Brandon Warne covers the Minnesota Twins for 1500ESPN.com. He has also contributed as a baseball analyst for Fangraphs.com and BaseballProspectus.com
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