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Indians Shut Down Jimenez Due to Ankle Soreness

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Mercifully, Ubaldo Jimenez’s season has come to an end. Just a year removed from landing the right hander in arguably the biggest trade-deadline move of 2011, the Cleveland Indians have shut down Jimenez due to a right ankle sprain after a very disappointing 2012 campaign which saw him finish with a league-worst 9-17 record and a 5.55 ERA over 176 2/3 innings. Jimenez has certainly been one of the key failures on a ball club that fell from first to worst in the American League Central Division over the course of the final two months of the season and it is time for the Indians to face up to the fact that they made a huge mistake bringing him in to become their ace last July.

Jimenez became the first pitcher for the Tribe since Tom Candiotti in 1987 to lose at least 17 games in a season. His 5.55 ERA is second to only Jack Morris (5.60 in 1994) for the worst performance by a starting pitcher since 1921. Jimenez has not won a game since August 9 th and finished 1-7 with a 6.63 ERA over his final 10 starts of the season. Overall, Jimenez went 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in April, 3-3 with a 6.75 ERA in May, 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA in June (his best month overall,) 1-4 with a 6.09 ERA in July, 1-4 with a 7.07 ERA in August (the worst overall month in franchise history as the Tribe finished with a 5-24 record) and 0-3 with a 5.16 ERA in September. The Tribe will now have to look at their options as they have to make a difficult decision on Jimenez this offseason. After trading away their top 2 prospects to get the right hander last July, it is going to take a lot for the Indians to admit defeat and let him walk away in free agency. However, Ubaldo has done nothing to prove that he can be an ace pitcher for this ball club, and since they will get nothing at all for him by signing him and trying to trade him next season, the right thing to do would be to let him walk away and try to find a starting pitcher through free agency this winter to take his place.

 

 

By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent


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