Diamond's first live bullpen session goes well

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Twins left-hander Scott Diamond threw his first live bullpen session of the spring on Monday, and everything went as planned, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Diamond, who had bone chips removed from his left elbow in December, had previously only thrown bullpen sessions leading up to his first action against hitters on Monday.

"Diamond threw and everything went well," Gardenhire said. "He threw eight minutes to hitters. Everything came out good."

Diamond is scheduled to make his first start on March 18, but Gardenhire said it'll likely come on the Minor League side, as they want him to get acclimated to pitching in a game before he makes his first Grapefruit League start.

The left-hander could be ready to rejoin Minnesota's rotation by about April 10 if all continues to go as planned. The Twins open the season on April 1 against the Tigers at Target Field.

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