FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Left-hander Scott Diamond came away mostly satisfied with his first outing of Spring Training against the Red Sox on Saturday. But he was frustrated by a four-pitch walk in the second inning.
Diamond went two innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk, while recording two strikeouts. The run came on a solo shot by Daniel Nava on a 3-2 fastball with two outs in the first inning. But Diamond was more worried about a walk in the second inning to Mike Carp, who ended up being stranded at third base.
"The walk is what I'm a little upset about," Diamond said. "The Nava home run, those are going to happen. It's just upsetting it happened the first outing. But the walk is what I was most upset about. It's never what you want to do. But I was able to attack the rest of the inning and get out of it, scot-free."
Diamond, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation along with Vance Worley, Samuel Deduno and Kyle Gibson, added that he's happy to be healthy this spring, after missing all of Grapefruit League play last year because he was coming off elbow surgery.
"I think the big thing is that I have time to adjust and see hitters," Diamond said. "Last year in Spring Training, being hurt, I was seeing [Gulf Coast League] and Rookie-ball guys. So to be able to come out in spring in this type of atmosphere and get the heart pumping a little bit definitely is going to help me get better adjusted for the season."
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