Ubaldo Jimenez had another so-so Cactus League start Thursday. One bad inning, one good inning and one reference to heavenly intervention.
"This is like being in heaven for me," Jimenez said about pitching for the Indians.
The Indians acquired Jimenez on July 31 for No. 1 picks Alex White and Drew Pomeranz and two other players. After pitching two innings in a 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels at Goodyear Ballpark, Jimenez said he was glad the Rockies traded him.
"It was kind of hard being with the Rockies," he said. "I went through a lot of things that people outside the organization don't know. But me and the people in the front office know.
"It works both ways. They're happy and I'm happy. I'm happy to be here and they're happy with what they got."
Jimenez traced his problems with the Rockies to his days in the minors.
"It was always a tough time dealing with them," he said. "That's the past. I was there. I'm not there anymore."
Jimenez allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. After throwing 31 pitches in the first, he threw eight in the second.
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