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Friday, August 8, 2014

Orioles Injury Update: Ubaldo Jimenez to start Saturday

By on 8/08/2014 10:15:00 AM

The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday by the score of 2-1. Miguel Gonzalez picked up his fourth win on the season and Zach Britton notched his 24th save. The win improved the Orioles to 65-49, first in the American League East. There is good news on the injury front, as pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez appears to be set to start on Saturday against the Cardinals.

Our own Evan Petzold reported that Jimenez followed a great first rehab start with stellar performance for Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks against Buffalo.

An update on Jimenez, as reported by Jamie Ross of, is that he will likely make his first Major League start on Saturday against the Cardinals at Camden Yards.

Manager Buck Showlater is confident Jimenez is good to go following a 35-pitch side session before Wednedsay's game against the Blue Jays.

"He's healthy, he's ready to go, he's physically in good shape and looking forward to getting back in the fight and helping his teammates."

A healthy Jimenez will be important down the stretch as the Orioles try to fend off the New York Yankees and Blue Jays in the division.

Jimenez, in his first season with the Orioles, is 3-8 with a 4.52 ERA. The nine-year Major League veteran had his best season in 2010 when he went 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA with the Rockies. Jimenez has pitched for the Rockies, Indians and Orioles and has a career record of 85-83 with a 3.97 ERA.  

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