Ubaldo Jimenez passed his physical

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That’s not usually big news but this is the Orioles after all, so it’s probably worth passing along. That makes his contract official. Four-years, $50 million. He’ll probably be frolicking in Sarasota tomorrow.

I feel like Jimenez is a total coin toss of a signing. I don’t like his chances to be worth his contract, but he could do just about anything from win the Cy Young to injure himself tying his shoes based on his past history and people would have to say “yeah, he had it in him.”

Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

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Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload management” purposes.

Ohtani is fine to continue hitting, so there’s no sense of any physical ailment.

This decision will rob us — and the Japanese media — of a showdown between Ohtani and countrymate Masahiro Tanaka. And for that we are rather devastated, but you can understand the Angels’ concerns about overuse.

Ohtani has registered a 3.35 ERA, 1.066 WHIP, and 52/14 K/BB ratio through his first 40 1/3 innings (seven starts) as a major league pitcher and he’s slashing .308/.364/.582 with six home runs and 19 RBI in 26 games as a part-time DH.