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Diamond on track for return despite subpar outing

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Scott Diamond said Sunday that his Minor League outing went according to plan despite subpar results against Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday.

Diamond, who had a bone chip removed from his elbow in December, allowed three runs on five hits over three innings in his second start of the spring. He threw 45 pitches and is expected to ramp it up to 60 in his next Minor League outing on Thursday.

"Results-wise it wasn't so great, but health-wise I felt really good," Diamond said. "It's another stepping stone and I was able to get the pitch count up. I probably could've thrown more based on how the innings were going. So everything went well."

Diamond, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list, said he remains on track to start on April 12 against the Mets at Target Field. Diamond is scheduled to make three more starts in the Minor Leagues to get his pitch count to 100 before making his return.

"I want to go deep into the game, so I need to get my pitch count up," Diamond said.

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.

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