GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (AP) - Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball on Monday for intentionally throwing at Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki during a spring training game.
“He’s starting the second game of the season,” Acta said. “It’s disappointing, but I’m not surprised.”
Jimenez didn’t think he should be suspended for drilling the star shortstop and said his primary concern is being ready for the season.
“Players are hit by pitches every day,” Jimenez said. “With a guy like him, you have to go inside. I can’t get the ball to go where I want every time.”
Jimenez said he would not reach out to Tulowitzki. Earlier this spring, Jimenez revealed he was unhappy in Colorado before being traded to Cleveland last July. Tulowitzki later was quoted as saying the former All-Star should get over it.
“He was calling me names,” Jimenez said. “I already said I didn’t want to hit him. I had five walks. It’s not the first time somebody (was) hit.”
Both benches emptied Sunday, but no punches were thrown. Tulowitzki went to a hospital for X-rays, which were negative.
“He walked five guys. Where do you draw the line? Last year, we had guys hit. No suspensions,” Acta said. “I think it is time everybody stops relying on what guys write in the newspaper. It is too bad they get swayed by the press.”
Fans booed Jimenez during his five-inning stint and ballpark officials provided extra security for him after he left the game. There were no reported incidents.
Rockies manager Jim Tracy termed it the most gutless act he had seen in 35 years in the game and called for a suspension.
“I can’t control what people say,” Jimenez said. “Yes, I was surprised he said that. But that’s OK.”
Commissioner Bud Selig attended the game.View Entire Story
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