Scott Diamond set to make first start Saturday after coming off DL
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Minnesota Twins lefthander Scott Diamond will make his first start of the season on Saturday against the New York Mets after having bone chips removed from his pitching elbow in December.
Diamond was brought along slowly during spring training after undergoing the procedure. He started the season on the 15-day disabled list.
Diamond, who went 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA in 27 starts last season, pitched a side session on Wednesday in Fort Myers, Fla., in the final test for his elbow. He made his final rehab start for Class A Fort Myers last Sunday, giving up four runs on six hits over five innings. He struck out three with no walks while throwing 82 pitches (54 for strikes).
Manager Ron Gardenhire said Friday on "Judd and Dubay" on 1500 ESPN that Diamond's pitch count for Saturday's game would be around 90.
"We'll definitely be guarded (with) the weather," Gardenhire said. "We'll be guarded with the whole situation and make sure we get him right where we need to be. He's coming out of it real good so far, but we'll definitely be paying attention to pitches and all those things and how the weather relates to him."
The high temperature for the Twin Cities on Saturday is only supposed to be 39 degrees and there is an 80 percent chance of snow on Saturday night. The Twins and Mets are scheduled to play at 3:10 p.m. Saturday.