Worrying time is approaching for the Indians about Ubaldo Jimenez.
Jimenez had his fourth rocky start of the spring Saturday in a 9-2 loss to the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Jimenez allowed six runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings. He walked four, struck out four and needed more than 80 pitches to register 14 outs.
Manager Manny Acta, who has been nothing but supportive this spring of Jimenez, was not pleased after his latest performance.
"The next three outings we'll be able to see if we're going to get worried or what," said Acta. "It's time to get it in gear."
Here's Jimenez's Cactus League line this spring: four starts, 9.2 innings, 15 hits, 14 runs, 10 earned runs, 15 hits, six strikeouts, nine walks and a 9.31 ERA.
"The last three outings of spring training are when you look at guys, especially power pitchers, to get it in order," said Acta. "Hopefully, that was the last one and it's out of him. But the command wasn't there at all. You need to get through four innings with less than 80 pitches."
Jimenez said he did have trouble controlling his pitches.
"It usually takes me a while to get going in spring training," he said. "I've probably only had one good spring training."
Ubaldo Jimenez takes his lumps again as Cleveland Indians lose to Reds
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Mar 18