Orioles drop Ubaldo Jimenez from the starting rotation

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Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was told on Tuesday that he has been moved to the bullpen, per MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli. Yovani Gallardo is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list over the weekend to start against the Blue Jays, so he’ll simply take Jimenez’s spot in the rotation.

Jimenez was only able to get one out in his most recent start against the Blue Jays, ultimately serving up five runs on six hits. He owns an MLB-worst 6.89 ERA with a 53/35 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings on the season.

Gallardo wasn’t much better before landing on the disabled list. In four April starts, he gave up 14 runs on 23 hits and seven walks with nine strikeouts in 18 innings.

Despite mediocre starting pitching, the Orioles enter play Tuesday tied with the Red Sox at 36-26 for first place in the AL East.