Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 2 days ago

Jimenez held the Blue Jays to one run on five hits with a walk and three strikeouts in Sunday's Grapefruit League game.

Jimenez remains consistently inconsistent. He started spring training cold but appears to be finishing hot and appears headed for a rotation spot. Jimenez should be slotted in the latter part of the rotation. He has now walked seven in 22.1 innings this spring, including just one in his last two starts combined.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 5 days ago

Jimenez appears headed to the rotation to begin the season, according to MASN Sports reports.

The Orioles invested too much in Jimenez not to use him as a starter and management wants to control the innings count for Kevin Gausman. If Jimenez does not perform, the two could swap their roles. Remember, Jimenez wound up in the bullpen in August last year when he failed to perform before making a couple of starts down the stretch to rest playoff starters. On the plus side, Jimenez is hot off five shutout innings in his last Grapefruit League appearance.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 1 week ago

Jimenez threw five shutout innings, allowed four hits with three strikeouts and no walks Tuesday against the Pirates.

Jimenez had been erratic this spring prior to Tuesday's outing and his overall spring line does not look good even after this performance. Overall, he has allowed 12 runs - 11 earned - on 18 hits with six walks and 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings. However, he has gotten better as spring has progressed. There is no doubt after the first year the Orioles got a bad contract with Jimenez. Despite that, he has gotten a harder look than Kevin Gausman this spring. It seems Jimenez is the favorite to grab the last rotation spot.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 3 weeks ago

Jimenez allowed one run on two hits, walked three and struck out five in two-plus innings Sunday against the Twins. His fastball topped out at 92 mph, according to MASN Sports.

Jimenez was better than his disastrous first start, but it appears his wildness has not been cured by an adjustment in his delivery. It remains a three man race for two rotation spots, with Jimenez probably on the outside looking in at this point.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 1 month ago

Jimenez was wild in his first outing of the spring, allowing six runs - five earned - on two hits with two walks, two hit batters and a wild pitch Tuesday against the Tigers. "I thought stuff-wise he was pretty good," Showalter told MASN Sports. "In fact, he was probably ahead of where he was last year stuff-wise at this stage. I know what it looks like statistically ."

Showalter likely does not want to damage Jimenez's psyche after one spring start, but Jimenez certainly did himself no favors in attempting to win one of the last two spots in the rotation. Jimenez struggled with his rotation in 2014, with 77 walks in 125.1 innings, while his fastball dipped to 90.53 mph. He was in the low-90s in Tuesday's outing.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 1 month ago

Jimenez will start the first game of Baltimore's spring training season Tuesday, according to Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com.

The Orioles likely want to take a long look at Jimenez, Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman as the three players battle for two spots in the rotation. Jimenez figures to land with the team in some capacity, even if it is the bullpen since Gausman and Gonzalez have minor league options. Jimenez was effectively benched in September before making a couple of late starts when the division lead was well in hand. He made an adjustment in his delivery that the team seemed pleased with, but he was still left off the roster. When it rains, it pours with Jimenez. His control remains the key. Jimenez could have a 3.94 BB/IP like 2013 with Cleveland or a 5.53 BB/9 like last year with the Orioles.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 3 months ago

Jimenez made an adjustment in his delivery late in the 2014 season, MASN Sports reports.

Inconsistency lead to the Orioles yanking Jimenez from the rotation in August. Jimenez went on to appear in just three games in September before being left off the postseason roster. It is possible Jimenez can turn it around, but there is always a word of caution when players make adjustments or gain/lose weight. Jimenez had seven walks in 11 innings in September, a sign that his change in mechanics did not produce fruitful results.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 6 months ago

Jimenez was left off the ALCS roster, MASN Sports reports.

Jimenez did not pitch in Baltimore's sweep of the Tigers in the ALDS, so the Orioles elected to go with Brian Matusz on the ALCS roster. Jimenez struggled as a starter during the regular season and was moved to the bullpen late in the season. The Orioles already have Kevin Gausman available to pitch in long relief. Jimenez seems unlikely to make the World Series roster unless the move backfires in the ALCS, either with Matusz failing or with the team running out of relievers in prolonged extra innings.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 6 months ago

Jimenez will work out of the bullpen for the remainder of the season, the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina reports.

Miguel Gonzalez will get the start in the final regular season game Sunday, and Jimenez will likely see action out of the bullpen in that game.

Ubaldo Jimenez SP BAL 6 months ago

Jimenez may start Sunday's season finale against the Blue Jays, MASN Sports reports.

Jimenez would be in line for the start after making his last appearance Tuesday, but the Orioles could opt to keep Miguel Gonzalez fresh before the playoffs. Jimenez likely would not go deep in Sunday's game, as the bullpen needs to stay fresh before the playoffs and Jimenez is likely on the playoff roster as a reliever.