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Jimenez could miss next start due to small cut on thumb

Apr 3, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez surrendered six runs over six innings Friday in a rough debut loss to the Diamondbacks. A report Saturday from the Denver Post may give us an idea of why he looked so shaky.

According to the Post‘s Troy Renck, Jimenez has a small cut along his right thumb cuticle and it affects the grip of just about every pitch that he throws.

The Rockies are deciding whether to simply treat it and hope for the best in his next scheduled outing or give him a full week off. Ubaldo had a similar cut in early spring training and cost him a start.

“It’s a little thing, but it’s not,” the right-hander said Saturday.

Jimenez has used moisturizing balm on the cut and plans to soak it in pickle juice. Yes, pickle juice. The thin air in Colorado can sometimes affect the development of scabs.

If he can’t go on Thursday against the Pirates, the Rockies may be forced to call up John Maine or Greg Reynolds from Triple-A Colorado Springs. A stint on the disabled list is not out of the question for Ubaldo.

  1. Brian Murphy - Apr 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Then during yesterday’s game, Jorge De La Rosa had to leave early due to a blister on his pitching hand. Get to get some tougher fingers on these kids.

  2. jwbiii - Apr 3, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Hire Moises Alou as a consultant!

  3. jimbo1949 - Apr 3, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Did he cut it thumbin’ through the name plates?

  4. volcom2143 - Apr 4, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Dude hasn’t done anything since after last years all star break . 1/2 year fluke . The book is out on him

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