Shine on, you crazy Diamond: Twins bring pitcher back to bigs

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Scott Diamond, the Twins most consistent pitcher last season who was demoted to Triple A last month, is back with the big league ballclub.

And the Twins are going to let him pitch, even expanding to a six-man rotation to get him his pitches in as the season winds down.

The 27-year-old lefthander was 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 20 starts with the Twins before Minnesota finally decided a trip to Rochester might help clear things up, and as Fox Sports Noth reports, Diamond says the change did him good.

"I really didn't look at it as a step down," Diamond says to FSN of the demotion. "I looked at it as something to improve on and to work to get back. The team was great down there. The coaching staff was awesome. I think I kind of just embraced it and was able to work my way back up."

Diamond excelled, according to the Star Tribune. He made six starts for Rochester, and the Red Wings won five of them (with a bullpen collapse responsible for the lone loss). His ERA was 2.40, and opposing batters hit only .217.

At the end of the 2012 season, Diamond was the only sure thing for 2013 in terms of the rotation. But he had offseason surgery to repair bone chips and missed time in early April, and just hasn't been the same. Now he's fighting for a spot in next year's rotation.

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