OAKLAND, Calif. — Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is continuing to progress in his recovery from a right ankle injury, but he will not make a minor league rehabilitation start Wednesday as was hoped after testing the ankle in a pregame bullpen session Sunday.
Jimenez, who last pitched July 5 and has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 13 after he rolled his ankle while walking in the parking lot of his apartment complex, threw from the stretch for the first time Sunday but was still tentative with the ankle.
“Each time it’s a little better, but he’s still favoring it somewhat,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said following the Orioles’ 10-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. “It’s not to the point where he can start a rehab. We’re not to that point yet.”
Jimenez, whose 2012 season was plagued by right ankle problems, said he wasn’t able to get the power he wanted from his push-off leg during his bullpen session working from the stretch Sunday.
“It’s kind of weak, and that’s why we’re working on making it stronger,” Jimenez said. “It went good. It’s not 100 percent, but we’re moving in the right direction.”
The bullpen session Sunday was a significant test for Jimenez because the injury is in his push-off leg, from which he derives all of his power when working from the stretch.
“It was a matter of load and putting [my power] behind me,” Jimenez said. “From the windup, you pretty much don’t have to because by the time you put your arms over your head, you’re going to home plate. But from the stretch, you’re already set, so you have to load everything.”
Jimenez is eligible to return from the DL on Wednesday, but instead he will throw another bullpen session and then be re-evaluated after that. The hope is that Jimenez would be able to travel back to the East Coast to make a rehab start Sunday and be available when the Orioles return from their West Coast road trip next week.
Around the horn
Following his seventh-inning single, third baseman Manny Machado has reached base safely in 19 straight games, extending his career-high streak. … In Saturday’s win, center fielder Adam Jones became the sixth player since 1914 to record at least one walk, one home run, two stolen bases and five RBIs in one game. He was the first player to do it since Matt Lawton on May 8, 2005. … Catcher Caleb Joseph’s seven-game streak of reaching base safely was snapped after he went 0-for-3 on Sunday.
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