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Ubaldo Jimenez expected to drop appeal on suspension following today’s start

Apr 7, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

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Ubaldo Jimenez was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB for hitting former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow with a pitch during an exhibition game last Sunday. However, he appealed the suspension and will make his season debut as scheduled this afternoon against the Blue Jays.

According to Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians manager Manny Acta confirmed this morning that Jimenez is expected to drop his appeal after today’s start.

And so, the suspension turns out to be nothing more than a minor slap on the wrist. The Indians already have a scheduled off-day on Thursday, so Jimenez is expected to be skipped in the rotation and return to the mound when he’s eligible next Saturday against the Royals.

  1. wynams - Apr 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    “And so, the suspension turns out to be nothing more than a minor slap on the wrist.”
    As it should be. I wonder if Tulo would have a problem with a Colorado arm not laying down should any past clubhouse issues involving said arm be aired in the media by an ex-loudmouth teammate?

  2. watchfullhose - Apr 7, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Agreed

  3. 4thquartermagic - Apr 7, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Please the real winners in all this are the Indians.

    Ubaldo has been terrible since before he was traded.

    At least now someone with potential not to suck can step in for the Indians during the one game Ubaldo is sitting.

  4. proudlycanadian - Apr 7, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    So why did he appeal? Do the Indians have an off day at a certain time which makes it advantageous to have him put back his second start rather than his first start? As far as his pitching is concerned, he lost a no hitter in the 7th inning.

    • kopy - Apr 7, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      By appealing, he starts the 2nd game of the season, gets suspended for 5 games, and starts the 8th game. He essentially just gets pushed back 1 game.

      If he takes the punishment right away, he’s suspended for the first 5 games and can’t pitch until the 6th game of the season.

      Or at least that’s how I understand it.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 7, 2012 at 7:58 PM

        Exactly. By appealing and then dropping, he controls when the suspension starts.

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