Throwing one terrible inning under odd circumstances Saturday night as Colorado and Cleveland were putting the finishes touches on their blockbuster trade screwed up Ubaldo Jimenez’s usual throwing schedule, so his Indians debut won’t come until Friday against the Rangers.
That means he’ll have one extra day of rest between starts, even though his last “start” consisted of throwing 45 pitches and recording three outs. Jimenez will have 12 days off between his last non-weird Rockies start and his first Indians start.
When pitching on more than five days of rest Jimenez has a 5.24 ERA in 13 career starts and he’ll have a tough first assignment, as the Rangers lead the league in runs scored at home while hitting .294 with a .511 slugging percentage in Texas as a team.
Of course, Jimenez is used to pitching in tough ballparks. He has a 3.67 ERA in 66 starts at Coors Field.
Clayton Kershaw had nothing left to prove when he exited the mound during his last Cactus League start on Friday. He finished camp with a 0.00 ERA, made all the more impressive after he extended his scoreless streak to 21 1/3 innings following 6 2/3 frames of one-hit ball against the Royals.
In six spring training starts this year, the Dodgers southpaw racked up 12 hits, four walks and 23 strikeouts. His velocity appeared to fluctuate between the high-80s and low-90s from start to start, but manager Dave Roberts told reporters that he expects Kershaw to get back up to the 93 m.p.h. range next week. Kershaw is tabbed for his eighth consecutive Opening Day start on Thursday.
The 30-year-old lefty is poised to enter his 11th season with the club in 2018. He went 18-4 in 27 starts last year and turned in a 2.31 ERA, 1.5 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 175 innings. He suffered his fair share of bumps and bruises along the way, including a lower back strain that required a five-week stay on the disabled list.
The Dodgers will open their season against the Giants on Thursday, March 29 at 7:08 PM ET. Given the sudden rash of injuries that hit the Giants’ rotation earlier today, Kershaw’s Opening Day opponent has not yet been announced.