Diamond awaits word on appeal

Diamond awaits word on appeal

ARLINGTON -- Twins starter Scott Diamond has stayed on his between-starts routine as he awaits Major League Baseball's decision on his appeal of the six-game suspension he received for throwing behind Rangers center fielder Josh Hamilton's head on Thursday night.

Diamond went through a heavy workout before Sunday's game. No word had come down on his appeal from the league office. His next turn in the rotation would be Tuesday, the fifth day of his suspension. If the appeal is upheld, that would push Diamond to Thursday afternoon against the Mariners.

"Some things could change based on the appeal," Diamond said. "I'm going to do the same no matter what."

Diamond has said since Thursday night that the pitch got away from him and that he was trying to work inside. Catcher Joe Mauer indicated in his postgame comments Thursday night that Diamond was protecting his teammate.