The Cleveland Indians have been patiently waiting as Ubaldo Jimenez the pitcher the Indians traded away two future prospects to acquire the big right hander to get. Since coming to the Indians Jimenez has been struggling to say the least. Jimenez got the start against the Reds yesterday in Cactus League play. The Reds gave Jimenez a difficult time as the first guy Jimenez faced sent the ball out of the park. Things didn’t get better from there either. The Reds line-up continued to hammer Ubaldo, in the second inning Jimenez really started.
Jimenez gave up six runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings and has a spring ERA of 9.31. Jimenez struck out four and walked four. Wow, what is manager Manny Acta going to do with Jimenez? The Indians could send him to the bull pen and bring him in for special situations and hope he finds his stuff. Having a guy in your starting rotation that comes out of spring training with a 9.31 E.R.A. is not going to help the Tribe win many games.
Jimenez came to the Indians having trouble with his mechanics, it is clear the Indians pitching coach still haven’t been able to get the big guy straighten out yet. What to do now is the real question. Manny Acta is going to need solid starters in the rotation. Jimenez has the stuff to be there for the Tribe, they just have to find out what the problem is and get it fixed and fixed quickly.
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