Diamond, Swarzak expected to start season on DL

Diamond, Swarzak expected to start season on DL

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Scott Diamond and Anthony Swarzak are both making good progress in their rehab from injuries, but both pitchers are expected to start the season on the disabled list.

Diamond, who had a bone chip removed from his left elbow in December, is scheduled to make his first start of the spring on Monday in a Minor League game. The left-hander is slated to throw two innings in a Class A game at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Diamond needs to keep building his pitch count and isn't expected to be ready to rejoin the rotation until mid-April.

Swarzak, who broke two ribs in a horseplay incident in late January, is throwing bullpens without any issues but also needs to be stretched out in his role as a long reliever, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

"It's going to be hard," Gardenhire said. "You're talking about a guy that's in a long-man situation. You have no time to get him stretched out to where he can go four or five innings. So we'll have to wait and see. It depends on when he gets on a mound, but I don't think we have enough time to do that. So I'd imagine he'd go on the DL and go from there."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.