Diamond, Swarzak look sharp in Minor League outings

Diamond, Swarzak look sharp in Minor League outings

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire received positive reports on Wednesday about injured pitchers Scott Diamond and Anthony Swarzak, who both pitched in extended spring camp in Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday.

Diamond, who is on the 15-day disabled list after having a bone chip removed from his left elbow in December, struck out seven in five innings. He's expected to start again on Sunday for Class A Advanced Fort Myers and could rejoin Minnesota's rotation by April 12 against the Mets.

"Everything went great," Gardenhire said. "He threw about 70 pitches and threw the ball great."

Swarzak, who is on the 15-day DL with two cracked ribs suffered in a horseplay incident with teammates in late January, struck out five in four innings while throwing 50 pitches.

"Swarzak was really sharp," Gardenhire said. "We'll have to make a decision here as we go along."

Swarzak is eligible to return from the DL on Saturday but is expected to make one more Minor League outing, according to Gardenhire. But that next rehab appearance is not yet scheduled because the pitcher had his wisdom teeth taken out on Wednesday.

With Swarzak out, the Twins don't have a long reliever on their roster. But Gardenhire said he feels like he has enough arms ready if a situation arises where he'll need a long reliever early in the season.

"We'll just have to go by committee and work our way through it," Gardenhire said. "A couple innings here, a couple innings 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.