CLEVELAND - In what looks to be his first full season with the Indians, right hander Ubaldo Jimenez is the Tribe's number two starting pitcher.
Jimenez started last year in Colorado with the Rockies before a trade deadline deal that brought him to the Indians.
The Indians sent pitchers Alex White, who is battling for a bullpen spot for Colorado, and Drew Pomeranz, who was optioned to Colorado Springs, but only as procedural move to allow the Rockies to carry eight relievers until he’s needed to start on April 15.
The Indians also sent Pitcher Joe Gardner, a 2009 third-round pick, and first baseman-outfielder Matt McBride to Colorado.
Still more question marks about Jimenez's velocity in spring training this season. Jimenez seems to be fitting in the Indians clubhouse this spring. Questions about him wanting to be in Colorado last year resurfaced during the spring. Jimenez also said he feels healthy after a full off season to rest.
His 180 strikeouts were tied for 26th in Major League Baseball and his 8.6 strikeouts per 9.0IP were 14th in MLB ahead of Jon Lester, Felix Hernandez and Roy Halladay.
Jimenez was the opening day starter for the past two seasons in Colorado.
He left Colorado as the all-time career franchise leader in strikeouts (773), second in career ERA (3.66), third in wins (56) and fourth in innings pitched (851.0) and starts (137)
He was a combined 10-13 w/a 4.68 ERA in 32 starts between Cleveland and Colorado (188.1IP, 186H, 98ER, 78BB, 180K, .254AVG).
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