Ubaldo Jiménez: ‘I’m not thinking about retirement yet’
Ubaldo Jiménez hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2017 with the Orioles. Aside from 29 2/3 innings in the Dominican Winter League recently, 2017 was the last time he pitched competitively. The right-hander, however, told Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post, “I’m not thinking about retirement yet.” Jiménez added, “I believe that if it is God’s will, I will still play in the major leagues.”
Jiménez re-signed with the Rockies on a minor league deal in early February, an attempt by the 36-year-old veteran to prolong his career. He struggled in three spring appearances before Major League Baseball suspended operations due to the coronavirus pandemic, yielding nine runs in 5 1/3 innings. Shortly after the makeshift 2020 schedule was announced, the Rockies did not include Jiménez in their 60-player pool. While it doesn’t zero out his chances of pitching in the majors this year, it’s very much a long shot.
Jiménez put up the worst season of his career in 2017 in Baltimore, going 6-11 with a 6.81 ERA, 139 strikeouts, and 58 walks over 142 2/3 innings. The 108 earned runs he allowed were the most in baseball.