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Orioles finally ready to welcome back Ubaldo Jimenez

Aug 8, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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After leaving the rehabbing Ubaldo Jimenez in limbo for a little while the Orioles have decided to activate him from the disabled list to rejoin the rotation Saturday against the Cardinals.

As soon as Jimenez injured his ankle by stepping into a hole in a parking lot reports suggested the Orioles would take their sweet time welcoming him back, taking the DL stint as an opportunity to be without him in the rotation following a 3-8 record and 4.52 ERA in 18 starts.

Jimenez last pitched for the Orioles on July 5, yet he still leads the American League with 60 walks in the first season of a four-year, $50 million contract.

  1. freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Ubaldo would really like to make a statement tomorrow after a poor start to his contract.

    • nvl004 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:44 AM

      awesome

    • renaado - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      Hope it’s goin to be a positive statement.

  2. chip56 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    The rest of the American League is pretty excited too.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      Seriously. I can’t fathom why my Os are so anxious to get his nonsense back in the mound against a great team like the Cardinals. It’s not like they need a pitcher right now due to injuries or ineffectiveness of the other starters.

      You have to pay him whether he rides the pine, or if he loses games for the team. Take the least damaging route. His salary is a sunk cost right now. Don’t let his pitching sink the team.

      I think someone in the organization believes he’s a mythical beast known as a “second half pitcher”. They’re almost correct: he’s half a pitcher.

      • freedomofspeechyesway - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

        I promise you they aren’t, and neither are us fans. The O’s rotation is currently, according to the stats, the best in baseball since the ASB. No one is looking forward to this. Buck has been dodging questions like he’s the white house press secretary.

  3. yahmule - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Do they have Agent of the Year awards? His man deserves strong consideration.

  4. blabidibla - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Does this mean Gausman is the favorite to head to the BP should Ubaldo show he’s worthy?

    • madhatternalice - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      Probably, though I’d much rather it be Gonzalez. Gaus has a better ERA and WHIP than MG.

      • thelongestgoodbye - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:37 PM

        I’d put Ubaldo in the pen. Sorry man things are going well and if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

      • madhatternalice - Aug 8, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        Oh, I agree. I’d rather UJ be in the ‘pen. But the OP’s question was who would go to the ‘pen if UJ actually returns and looks decent.

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