The MLB has suspended Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez five games for his plunking of former teammate Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Following the beanball, which hit the Rockies star in the elbow, benches cleared for both teams, but no blows were thrown. X-rays on Tulowitzki’s elbow were negative.
Jimenez and Tulowitzki had words following Jimenez’s trade from the Rockies to the Indians last July. In the above video, you can hear Jimenez’s comments (and see the plunking) about the incident. Rockies manager Jim Tracy called Jimenez’s beanball “gutless”, and said he had lost all respect for his former ace, comments which the Indians hurler brushed off.
Jimenez didn’t outright admit to throwing at Tulowitzki, saying his control was all over the place all game. Really Ubaldo? You’ve gotten suspended anyway, which wouldn’t have happened if the commissioner’s office felt that there was no intent. It’s been a difficult spring for Jimenez, and the suspension just a couple days before the start of the season is the cherry on top. No word on whether or not he’ll appeal.