A Diamond In The Rough?

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, July 10, 2010

Carlos Silva is scheduled to make Sunday night's start against the Dodgers, but Lou Piniella said Friday that Silva is questionable because of a sore right knee.

The Daily Herald's Bruce Miles speculated that the start might go to Mitch Atkins, but that now has to be ruled out after Atkins worked 1 1/3 innings in Friday's game.

Miles' Plan C for Sunday's start is Thomas Diamond, a 6-3, 240-pound right-hander, who is 5-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 17 starts at Triple A Iowa this season. Diamond, who is not on the Cubs' major league 40-man roster, was a first-round pick of the Texas Rangers in 2004.

In 2005, Diamond was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Rangers system and the fourth best prospect in the Double A Texas League. His career, however, was stalled in 2006 when he tore a ligament in his pitching elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery.

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