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Ubaldo Jimenez set to begin rehab assignment (again)

Jul 28, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Ubaldo Jimenez was scratched from his scheduled minor-league rehab start last week, but now the Orioles right-hander is slated to start Tuesday at Triple-A as he comes back from an ankle injury.

Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that Jimenez will throw around 65 pitches, so he’ll likely need at least 2-3 rehab starts before potentially rejoining the Orioles’ rotation. And that makes sense, because at the time of the injury–which occurred when Jimenez stepped in a hole in the parking lot–the Orioles indicated they’d be in no rush to welcome him back.

Before spraining his right ankle Jimenez went 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA and even after missing nearly a month of action he still leads the league with 60 walks in the first season of a four-year, $50 million contract.

  1. psuorioles - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Going to be interesting to see what happens with Ubaldo and the O’s rotation… currently Tillman, Norris, Guasman, Gonzo and Chen are pitching extremely well. They may go to a 6 man rotation, but I’d like to keep Tillman, Norris and Gausman on a regular schedule.

    • nvl004 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:36 AM

      Too many people could create some healthy competition possibly.(hopefully).

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      I expect them to send Guasman back down. They were worried about his inning count before so I imagine they’ll have him skip every other start for a while or have some reduced inning limits in Bowie.

      • psuorioles - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Buck and DD are on record saying, Gausman is a full go and isn’t on a pitch or inning limit. As long as he continues to pitch well, he’ll be doing it for the O’s.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Yea, Ubaldo hurt his “ankle” stepping into a “hole” in the “parking lot”. How common are phantom injuries when a team decides they just need to give a guy a rest and let him work out his issues in a no pressure situation.

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