Like many guys who wrap emotional pain in testosterone, the only way former Colorado pitching ace Ubaldo Jimenez could express his lingering bitterness at the Rockies was by beaning shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Throwing a baseball in anger will cost Jimenez a five-game suspension, handed down Monday by major-league baseball officials. Five games? That's one start on the mound for Cleveland, the city where Jimenez works now. No big deal.

But you wonder: By the time he plunked Tulowitzki, had Jimenez already thrown away the promise of his career? Far more disconcerting than losing control of his fastball is losing a grip on his fragile emotions.