Ubaldo Jimenez was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLB for hitting former teammate Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow with a pitch during an exhibition game last Sunday. However, he appealed the suspension and will make his season debut as scheduled this afternoon against the Blue Jays.
According to Dennis Manoloff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Indians manager Manny Acta confirmed this morning that Jimenez is expected to drop his appeal after today’s start.
And so, the suspension turns out to be nothing more than a minor slap on the wrist. The Indians already have a scheduled off-day on Thursday, so Jimenez is expected to be skipped in the rotation and return to the mound when he’s eligible next Saturday against the Royals.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.