Ubaldo Jiménez retirement
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Ubaldo Jiménez: ‘I’m not thinking about retirement yet’

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Ubaldo Jiménez hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Orioles. Aside from 29 2/3 innings in the Dominican Winter League recently, 2017 was the last time he pitched competitively. The right-hander, however, told Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, “I’m not thinking about retirement yet.” Jiménez added, “I believe that if it is God’s will, I will still play in the major leagues.”

Jiménez re-signed with the Rockies on a minor league deal in early February, an attempt by the 36-year-old veteran to prolong his career. He struggled in three spring appearances before Major League Baseball suspended operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, yielding nine runs in 5 1/3 innings. Shortly after the makeshift 2020 schedule was announced, the Rockies did not include Jiménez in their 60-player pool. While it doesn’t zero out his chances of pitching in the majors this year, it’s very much a long shot.

Jiménez put up the worst season of his career in 2017 in Baltimore, going 6-11 with a 6.81 ERA, 139 strikeouts, and 58 walks over 142 2/3 innings. The 108 earned runs he allowed were the most in baseball.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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