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Ubaldo Jimenez says he doesn’t deserve suspension, isn’t apologizing, didn’t hit Troy Tulowitzki on purpose

Apr 2, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Lou Marson, Clint Fagan AP

Ubaldo Jimenez spoke to the media this morning and reiterated that he didn’t hit former teammate Troy Tulowitzki on purpose yesterday, saying he shouldn’t be suspended.

Jordan Bastian of described Jimenez as having “leaned back in his chair inside the Indians’ clubhouse on Monday morning, calmly disagreeing with the notion that a suspension was warranted.”

Asked about the pitch, Jimenez said:

Hit by pitches happen every day in the game. It’s not a surprise that somebody gets hit, especially a guy like him. You have to try to go inside on him. … I said already that I didn’t mean to hit him. It was a pitch that got away. I had five walks in the game. I was everywhere.

Asked about former manager Jim Tracy calling for his suspension and calling it “the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball” Jimenez said:

I can’t control what people say. People act like this is the first time that somebody got hit. It happens in the game. That’s part of the game. It’s always been part of the game.

Jimenez also said he has no plans to apologize to Tulowitzki, who’s day-to-day with a bruised elbow after X-rays came back negative.

Bastian has a lot more on the situation at, including some thoughts from Indians manager Manny Acta and further background details.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Jimenez has pretty much sucked simce the second half of the 2010 season so i can see it being a lousy pitch. I have a feeling it wasn’t though.

    • paperlions - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:13 PM

      That’s the thing…it is believable that he would hit someone. How many guys did he hit that game? Just the one? And, who did Jimenez specifically bitch about getting a contract extension in CO, when he did not? Uh huh.

      Sure, it could be a coincidence, but it probably wasn’t.

  2. huffdaddyco - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    I think that Jimenez’ reaction after the pitch makes it pretty clear that he did it on purpose. If the pitch had truly been one that got away from him, he would not have been ready to throw down the glove and come at Tulowitzki so quickly. He was ready for and expecting a response from Tulowitzki.

  3. shawon0meter - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    I accidentally throw baseballs at people I don’t like all the time

  4. personalspaceinvader - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    He’s lucky he plays in the Arcade League, now. Which is good because it was embarrassing watching him stand in a batter’s box anyway.

  5. kiwicricket - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Ubaldo Jimenez says he doesn’t deserve suspension, isn’t apologizing, didn’t hit Troy Tulowitzki on purpose. He is taking his ball, and going home.

  6. drbnorce - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    only target ublado hit in a year and a half ( tulos elbow ). he did it on purpose but will run and hide now.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

      Is that some sort of sports car?

  7. largebill - Apr 2, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Personally, I’m not a big fan of the standard issue fake apology, but if there needs to be a fake apology issued it should be by Colorado’s manager. His guy getting hit was the worst or “most gutless” thing he’s seen in 35 years in the game? Really? We’re not talking throwing at the guy’s head. If the arm didn’t get in the way he’d have gotten it in the ribs.

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