BALTIMORE — Its been a bizarre time for Ubaldo Jimenez, one far from precisely what he could have expected as he signed a four-year, $50 million long term contract with the Orioles in the offseason. He had trouble through injury and inconsistency for 25 starts before moving to your bullpen in August for the first time within his career.
Still, as the Os move when it comes to clinching the American League East in the coming days, Jimenez will be the one on the mound if the division title is finished.
Just how they drew it up.
It could well be sweet, Jimenez said. It would be really nice to be able to do that.
Because connected with Fridays doubleheader against the Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore needs a 6 starter to take the mound against the Blue Jays. Jimenez, who placed a 4.83 Period in 20 starts, ended up being the logical choice to help to make his first start since August. 16.
Jimenez has thrown a few bullpen sessions and tossed a new simulated game between the two parts of the particular doubleheader. He doesnt expect to have any physical issues despite only pitching twice since his or her last start.
The only issue I can really think about that recreation and go out there and also do my job,Inch he said.
And mentally, he really should be fresh, too. Manager Buck Showalter has frequently praised Jimenezs managing of the demotion, and the spot beginning said its been easier for the reason that Os have a chance to win the division.
Had the Orioles been limping for the finish line and Jimenez discovered himself unable to help, the growing season would have been even more of a challenge for the righty.
If it was going to be like that, it absolutely was going to be really hard, he was quoted saying, but it hasnt been that hard, due to the fact weve been winning.