With snow still on the field Tuesday, Wings pitchers were forced to throw in the Frontier parking lot, but they seemed to enjoy themselves.
Scott Diamond begins his 4th season pitching in Rochester. As the veteran of the staff, it's no wonder he'll get the ball opening day.
A late cut from Twins camp, Diamond went unclaimed through waivers and accepted the assignment to the Wings mainly because of manager Gene Glynn and pitching coach Marty Mason.
"I knew the atmosphere and what it was going to be like coming here to Rochester," Diamond said. "Working with Marty and Gene, I knew that it was going to be a positive atmosphere no matter what the situation was out on the field so that meant a lot to me and I think the best opportunity for me to get back to the big leagues is with Minnesota so I thought this was going to be the best place for me to pitch."
Red Wing officials remain confident that Saturday's home opener will go on as planned. Unable to use any part of the field, the Wings position players took to the indoor batting cage while pitchers threw in the parking lot.
Thirteen players return from the team that won 77 games and clinched a playoff berth on the final day of the 2013 season. There's a strong belief that success will carryover.