Jimenez will start Game 5
The Orioles have tabbed Ubaldo Jimenez to be their fifth starter, with the right-hander slated to make his season debut on Saturday in Baltimore.
Jimenez gradually got better this spring and the O’s want to keep him in a rhythm to start the season, forgoing the opportunity to bring Opening Day starter Chris Tillman back on regular rest instead. Jimenez –working with a simplified delivery– takes the final rotation spot over Kevin Gausman, who will be in the bullpen to start the season.
Signed to a four-year, $50-million contract last spring Jimenez went 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA and was taken out of the rotation down the stretch last year. After rough spring debut, he pitched to a 2.88 ERA –with all but one start on the road– in the Grapefruit League.
He will be facing the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday.