Ubaldo Jimenez to make Indians debut Friday versus Rangers

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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 might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.