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Ubaldo Jimenez hurt his ankle stepping in a hole, so the Orioles are calling up Kevin Gausman

Jul 11, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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After bouncing back and forth between Triple-A and Baltimore all season Kevin Gausman will finally get an extended stay in the Orioles’ rotation because of an injury, as the team placed Ubaldo Jimenez on the disabled list with a sprained ankle and announced that Gausman will replace him in the rotation.

Jimenez apparently injured his ankle in the parking lot Wednesday, as manager Buck Showalter explained to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com:

He stepped in a hole in the parking lot. We were looking at it today. It’s pretty puffy, taped up. He tried to take a work day yesterday. We were hoping that it would resolve somewhat today, it did not and he’s not going to be able to start tomorrow.

“He stepped in a hole in the parking lot” is a new one, as far as weird injuries go.

Jimenez has been a huge disappointment in the first season of a four-year, $50 million contract, going 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA and league-high 60 walks in 100 innings. Gausman, meanwhile, has a 3.51 ERA in six starts and the former No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft has looked ready to emerge as a front-line starter.

  1. emdash01 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Basically no chance Showalter didn’t dig that hole so he didn’t have to watch him pitch anymore, right?

    • jerze2387 - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      Was just thinking that. with the way hes pitched, They probably dug the hole right next to Ubaldos car, covered it with a black tarp after a night game, and just waited for him to step in it, much like Wylie E. Coyote.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Old Wylie NEVER caught the Road Runner though…

  2. sabatimus - Jul 11, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Don’t see the O’s being bent out of shape over this.

  3. barkleyblows - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Ubaldo just sucks. Can’t believe anyone gave him that much money.

  4. jacobk621 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Bwahwahwahwah !! One of the lamest excuses I’ve ever heard ,,, r they serious ??

  5. spezzdispenser - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    I demand an apology!!!

  6. jwbiii - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Something similar happened to Eric Soderholm in the ’70s.

  7. mikhelb - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    Odd… in the same day Masahiro Tanaka issues an apology for his baseball related injury, the news of Ubaldo being injuried stepping in a hole, come out… how fricking deep was the hole or it had rusted spikes in the bottom or what the heck? It is not the first time I have heard of something similar, but it will surely never beat Pavano’s injuried buttcheek.

  8. realgone2 - Jul 11, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    So by stepped in a hole you mean he sucks were benching him without having to bench him?

  9. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 11, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    So the first place Baltimore Orioles just got ridiculously better.

  10. culturecesspool - Jul 11, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Should have been a sinkhole. The orioles don’t need to see him again.

  11. papacrick - Jul 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    My friend Bill stepped in a hole in Taco Bell’s parking lot, broke his ankle and walked away with 40 grand cash from the settlement.

  12. armorgan67 - Jul 12, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Anyone who had seriously turned their ankle knows this can happen and happen very easily. I’ve done what he’s done and was crutches for a week plus. That being said my O’s are not going to miss him. We’re going into the All-Star break in 1st place so he can sit for as long as it takes to heal. We’ve got Gausman to take his place.

  13. blackraven1313 - Jul 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    If any of this nonsense means that Gausman Is pitching more than get it done!

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