The MLB has handed down a five-game suspension to Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez for intentionally throwing at Colorado Rockies star Troy Tulowitzki in an exhibition game a day earlier.
The ruling came down early Monday evening as Jimenez, a one-time starting pitcher for the Rockies, was dealt the suspension, along with an undisclosed fine, for his actions which resulted in both team’s benches being cleared.
“The most gutless act I’ve seen in 35 years,” opined Rockies manager Jim Tracy following the game.
CBS writes before the penalty was announced, Jimenez said he wasn’t going to apologize to Tulowitzki after hitting his former Rockies teammate on the left elbow Sunday.
“Players are hit by pitches every day,” Jimenez said prior to being suspended. “With a guy like [Troy], you have to go inside. I can’t get the ball to go where I want every time.”
After being pegged, Tulowitzki went to a hospital for X-rays, which were negative.
Upon hearing of the MLB’s ruling, Indians manager Manny Acta said Jimenez would appeal the suspension and was still scheduled to make his first start of the season on Saturday against the Blue Jays.
“It’s disappointing, but I’m not surprised,” Acta said. “I’m just very disappointed at their inconsistency on how they make their decisions. He walked five guys. Where do you draw the line? Last year, we had guys hit. No suspensions. I think it is time everybody stops relying on what guys write in the newspaper. It is too bad they get swayed by the press.”
Two years ago, Jimenez was 15-1 for the Rockies at the All-Star break and was the NL starter for the Midsummer Classic. He has gone 14-20 since. He was not sharp this spring, going 1-4 with a 7.43 ERA.
In seven Cactus League starts, he had as many walks as strikeouts, 15, and allowed 30 hits in 23 innings.
In case you haven’t seen it yet, watch Ubaldo Jimenez hit Troy Tulowitzki with a pitch in the video below:
via CBS SPorts