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Thomas Diamond (PHOTO/LARRY WOOLIS)

NEW ORLEANS – Thomas Diamond had hoped to be pitching in the major leagues instead of at Triple-A six years after he was drafted with the 10th overall pick by the Texas Rangers out of the University of New Orleans in 2004. But an elbow injury and Tommy John surgery forced Diamond, now with the Cubs, to reinvent himself.

The Cubs signed the 27-year-old Diamond in September of last year after he was designated for assignment by the Rangers. No longer a power pitcher, his fastball now tops out around 92 mph instead of the upper 90s. But Diamond has proven himself quite effective at times in his first season as a starter since the surgery. After spending most of 2009 in the bullpen with Double-A Frisco in the...

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