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Diamond expected back in rotation Friday

Diamond expected back in rotation Friday

BALTIMORE -- Left-hander Scott Diamond made his final rehab start on Sunday with Class A Advanced Fort Myers, and is expected to rejoin the Twins' rotation on Friday against the Mets.

Diamond, who began the season on the 15-day disabled list after having a bone chip removed from his elbow in December, gave up four runs on six hits over five innings against Class A Bradenton. He threw 82 pitches, 54 for strikes.

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Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Diamond didn't have any health issues in the start.

Diamond, 26, was Minnesota's best pitcher last year, as he posted a 3.54 ERA in a team-high 173 innings as a rookie.

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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