Jimenez to the DL, Gausman on his way up
Ubaldo Jimenez –the Orioles most expensive free-agent signing in club history– is headed to the disabled list with a right ankle sprain suffered on Wednesday. Jimenez, who manager Buck Showalter said is “an eight” on a pain scale of 1-10, will be replaced on the roster by right-hander Kevin Gausman who will pick up one of this weekend’s starts against the Yankees.
“He stepped in a hole in the parking lot,”Showalter said of Jimenez’s injury. “We were looking at it today. It’s pretty puffy, taped up. He tried to take a work day yesterday. We were hoping that it would resolve somewhat today, it did not and he’s not going to be able to start tomorrow, so we’re probably going to DL him and back-date him and have him ready post-All-Star break.”
Gausman was on his way to Camden Yards on Friday afternoon and will likely start Sunday’s game, though he is an option to pitch on Saturday. Chris Tillman could be moved up to Saturday, which would have been his normal day. Gausman took a “light side day” on Thursday for Triple-A Norfolk.
Jimenez has had a similar injury with Cleveland and was shut down early in the 2012 season. Signed to a four-year, $50-million deal this winter, the news of his injury on Friday is the latest in a disappointing first half for Jimenez. He went 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 18 games, including a 1-6 mark with a 5.29 ERA in nine starts at Camden Yards.
Showalter said because they are recalling a player within the 10-day window –in Gausman–they can’t backdate Jimenez to his last start. He would be eligible to pitch the sixth game of the second half, though that’s not guaranteed and it will be based on his rehab progression.