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Ubaldo Jimenez makes rehab start, buys everyone steak and lobster

Jul 30, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Ubaldo Jimenez kicked off a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday at Single-A, tossing 4.2 innings of one-run ball as he comes back from a sprained ankle suffered when he stepped in a hole in a parking lot.

Jimenez allowed five hits and three walks, so it’s unclear if the Orioles will be impressed enough by the uneven outing to activate him from the disabled list yet after indicating initially that they might take their sweet time doing so.

If he does stay on a rehab stint for another start at least the Orioles’ minor leaguers will be well fed. After last night’s game Single-A right-hander Nigel Nootbaar–who was a 12th-round pick last year–tweeted about the clubhouse spread provided by Jimenez:

It’s customary for any veteran major leaguer visiting the minors to spring for a food upgrade in the clubhouse and Jimenez apparently did his part and then some in the first season of a four-year, $50 million deal. So they’d probably like for him to stick around in Single-A.

  1. chacochicken - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Nigel Nootbaar, huh?

    • IsThird - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Wasn’t he the guy from Star Wars – Attack of the Clones?

      • handsofsweed - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:40 AM

        No. He’s Admiral Akbaar’s cousin. Apparently, their family had some humans in the woodpile somewhere.

    • lew24 - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      I saw Nigel play in high school. He’s from El Segundo. Kid can play…I believe he ended up at SC.

  2. tbird05 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    This is a great tradition. I am typically not a fan of labor groups, but the minor league guys are really mistreated when it comes to wages (this excludes those that are good enough to get massive signing bonuses). Maybe if they got paid a little more, they wouldn’t have to wait on someone to go on rehab assignments to drop the dollar menu habit.

    • hansob - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Are they still living off crappy food? You’d think the parent team would provide good, healthy food for free out of self interest, just like they provide a weight room.

  3. inserthandle - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    What are the rules governing the length of rehab assignments? It’s nice that your boo boo is all better, Ubaldo, but you’re still Baltimore’s sixth best starting pitcher. Maybe work on that some more down there in Triple-A.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      I highly recommend bookmarking, this is a pretty amazing resource.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        Thank you for the link.I was going to ask the same question.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      30 days from the first official game.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

        Close, but with a few wrinkles.

        With the player’s consent, an MLB player on the 7-day DL may be assigned to a minor league club for rehabilitation purposes for up to five days (or maximum eight days for a pitcher), and an MLB player on the 15-day or 60-day DL may be assigned to a minor league club for rehabilitation purposes for up to 20 days (or maximum 30 days for a pitcher).

  4. historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    Hey, maybe while you’re down there you can be a positive influence on their culture as well as their diets and take a stand against violence toward women. Thanks.

    • psuorioles - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      Not sure I understand, is there a problem in the O’s minor league system with violence against women? If you have any news, please share…

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

        Do see the post yesterday about the Hayhurst article…

    • nvl004 - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:01 PM

      That was about the Padres minor league system from 10 years ago if i read correctly? Why would you construct a sentence to make it seem like violence against women was happening on Baltimore’s Single A Aberdeen team?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Good God — did you miss ALL the comments yesterday about the prevalence of this kind of thing in sports???? Fast forward to the Evan Reed post, why don’t you? It’s hilarious that you just assume it *isn’t* happening in all the clubs.

      • nvl004 - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:10 PM

        lol sorry man….i just read the Evan reed article on ESPn. After reading your post I thought something had happened in the Orioles organization i was unaware of thats all. jeez…

      • nvl004 - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM

        Unfortunately, you’re right this stuff goes on a lot more than we care to believe. I simply thought you were referencing that Something came out recently about that particular club.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      Not sure what article you are talking about. Link?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        What article?

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        You referenced a Hayhurst article. Something that I’m guessing has to do with either the Orioles or Jimenez? I haven’t seen anything on any of my sites that was going on, so I was curious as to what you were referring.

  5. hk62 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    This was in the A – Short Season, NY Penn League and he faced the Astros A-SS team from TriCity (who won the Championship last season, totally different guys of course but they do once again have the best or second best record in the NYP – many of their studs though have already moved up to the Midwest League).

    Nootbaar relieved him with the based juiced and 2 outs, striking out the next batter to keep Jimenez’s line to 1 unearned run allowed.

    Avg age for the position players on TriCity is 21.5 years old. Only one guy is repeating A-SS this season as well so all either played college, HS, or Rookie ball last season.

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