Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez surrendered six runs over six innings Friday in a rough debut loss to the Diamondbacks. A report Saturday from the Denver Post may give us an idea of why he looked so shaky.
According to the Post‘s Troy Renck, Jimenez has a small cut along his right thumb cuticle and it affects the grip of just about every pitch that he throws.
The Rockies are deciding whether to simply treat it and hope for the best in his next scheduled outing or give him a full week off. Ubaldo had a similar cut in early spring training and cost him a start.
“It’s a little thing, but it’s not,” the right-hander said Saturday.
Jimenez has used moisturizing balm on the cut and plans to soak it in pickle juice. Yes, pickle juice. The thin air in Colorado can sometimes affect the development of scabs.
If he can’t go on Thursday against the Pirates, the Rockies may be forced to call up John Maine or Greg Reynolds from Triple-A Colorado Springs. A stint on the disabled list is not out of the question for Ubaldo.
The Yankees interviewed Aaron Boone for their managerial vacancy on Friday, and today it was Chris Woodward’s turn. That makes at least five interviews since the offseason began, and Woodward’s likely won’t be the last.
Like fellow candidate Eric Wedge, whom the Yankees interviewed just last week, Woodward has never played or coached for the club. He spent the majority of his 12-year career with the Blue Jays and picked up brief stints with the Mets, Braves, Mariners and Red Sox before returning to Toronto for his final season in 2011. Following retirement, he served as the Mariners’ minor league infield coordinator and infield and first base coach from 2012-2015. During the 2015 offseason, he jumped over to the National League to work with the Dodgers as a third base coach, and saw his first postseason run since the Mets lost to the Dodgers in the 2006 NLDS.
While Woodward has yet to manage at the major league level, he was named manager of the New Zealand national team during the 2017 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. It’s certainly conceivable that the Yankees would prefer a candidate with significant experience leading a major league team, but right now the only person who fits that bill is Eric Wedge — and, well, it’s Eric Wedge.