Ubaldo Jimenez was scratched from his scheduled minor-league rehab start last week, but now the Orioles right-hander is slated to start Tuesday at Triple-A as he comes back from an ankle injury.
Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com reports that Jimenez will throw around 65 pitches, so he’ll likely need at least 2-3 rehab starts before potentially rejoining the Orioles’ rotation. And that makes sense, because at the time of the injury–which occurred when Jimenez stepped in a hole in the parking lot–the Orioles indicated they’d be in no rush to welcome him back.
Before spraining his right ankle Jimenez went 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA and even after missing nearly a month of action he still leads the league with 60 walks in the first season of a four-year, $50 million contract.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.
Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”
The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.
It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.