Indians get Jimenez from Rockies

Starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitches against the Phillies at Coors Field in Denver, Colo., Oct. 12, 2009....

Starter Ubaldo Jimenez pitches against the Phillies at Coors Field in Denver, Colo., Oct. 12, 2009. (DOUG PENSINGER/Getty Images/AFP)

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SAN DIEGO - Ubaldo Jimenez is headed to Cleveland after one last unexpected start with the Rockies.

The Indians made a move to better their starting rotation Saturday when they traded four players for Jimenez, the big right-hander who won 19 games for Colorado last season but has scuffled through most of this one.

Jimenez pitched one inning against the Padres on Saturday night, even though he knew before the game a trade was in the works.

Finding it hard to concentrate, he gave up two hits, four walks and four runs.

"I was a little surprised," Jimenez told reporters about the start. "Even before the game, everybody knew it, even me. I wasn't sure if I had to stretch, warm up or anything like that."

Jimenez threw 45 pitches in his last inning with the Rockies, the only team he has played for in his five-plus MLB seasons. He threw 24 of them for balls, but Colorado went on to win 10-6.

"I didn't have my mind on baseball," said Jimenez.

The Indians shipped right-handed pitchers Alex White and Joe Gardner, infielder Matt McBride and a player to be named later to the Rockies. Reports are that the player to be named is left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz, who isn't eligible to be traded until mid-August, a year after he signed with Cleveland.

The Rockies said the trade is pending a physical by Jimenez.

Jimenez, an All-Star in 2010, has a 6-9 record and 4.46 earned run average this season.

The Indians are in the midst of trying to make the playoffs for just the second time in 10 seasons. They are 1 1/2 games behind Detroit for first place in the AL Central.

Jimenez's struggles continued with a loss to the Diamondbacks last Sunday. The right-hander had yielded just five runs over a three-start win streak before getting charged with five on eight hits in five innings of work against Arizona.

The 27-year-old Jimenez sparkled last season with a 19-8 record and 2.88 ERA in 33 starts.


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