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Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez says he's 'getting there' with ankle injury

Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez said Wednesday that he felt good after his first injury rehabilitation start Tuesday night for short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He threw 4 2/3 innings, struck out three batters and gave up just one run in the first real test of his sprained right ankle.

Jimenez, who was put on the disabled list July 11, retroactive to July 8, said the most important thing was the way he felt covering first base and backing up throws.

“That was the main thing, just to see how the ankle would respond,” he said. “It’s getting there. The first time you hurt some part of your body, it’s not going to be like it was before right away.”

Orioles manager Buck Showalter called Jimenez’s outing a “good start” on Wednesday, and he said that he would talk with Jimenez about the next step in his rehabilitation process.

Depending on the club’s evaluation of his condition and his performance, Jimenez could either make his next start at Triple-A Norfolk or return to the major league rotation.

“For the most part, he got his work in,” Showalter said. “He could obviously pitch for us, or pitch for Norfolk, Sunday or Monday. That’s what we’re deciding between.”

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Showalter said first baseman Chris Davis is feeling better after being sent home Monday with severe flu symptoms, but he didn’t start again Wednesday. The team’s medical staff will determine when Davis can rejoin the team without risk of infecting any teammates. … Center fielder Adam Jones received the MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award in a pregame ceremony. The award, which is voted on by former major league players, was presented to Jones by former Orioles shortstop Mike Bordick. … Entering Wednesday night’s game, the Orioles were on pace to hit 197 home runs this season. They’ll need to increase that pace slightly to register their third straight 200-homer season… Jones and Davis entered Wednesday with a combined total of 188 home runs since the start of the 2012 season. That, according to STATS, is the most by two teammates in either league. Blue Jays Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista are next with 179.

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