Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who pitched for the Indians from July 2011 through last season, returned to Progressive Field for the first time Friday.
“Being in the visitors’ clubhouse is kind of weird,” said Jimenez, who left Cleveland for a four-year, $50 million deal with the Orioles in February. “I have to get used to it.”
He is slated to start Saturday against the Indians for the second time this year. On May 24 at Camden Yards he lasted just four innings and gave up five earned runs against his old club. He’s hoping that he can build on his most recent start – his first since July 5 due to a sprained right ankle – in which he allowed three runs in six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“To be consistent, to be out there for the team and hopefully do the same or a better job of what I did,” Jimenez said. “That’s the main thing I’m looking for.”
Showalter said it’s hard to tell whether the familiarity Jimenez has with the Indians and the Progressive Field mound will be a good thing.
“I thought about it a little bit, but you don’t know what’s in their mind,” Showalter said. “Sometimes familiarity breeds good things sometimes it breeds bad things … I’ve seen it work both ways.”