Jimenez (5-9) gave up five earned runs on five hits and two walks over 1.1 innings in Friday's 9-5 loss to the Angels. The veteran righty labored through 45 pitches in just over an inning, giving up an RBI single to Albert Pujols and RBI groundout to C.J. Cron in the first, and run-scoring singles to Yunel Escobar and Kole Calhoun in the second before getting the hook. Jimenez's place in the rotation was already on significantly shaky ground before Friday, so this performance may likely have been the final nail in the coffin. The 32-year-old's ERA is up to 7.38 after giving up 11 earned runs over his last 5.2 innings, and his WHIP now sits at an unwieldy 1.97.
Jimenez has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Angels, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. It was not a lock that Jimenez would start Friday after he was roughed up in his last start, but manager Buck Showalter decided to keep him in the rotation for another turn. Jimenez and the Orioles will square off against an Angels squad that tagged Jimenez for six earned runs over 5.2 innings in their last matchup May 22.
Jimenez could draw the start in Friday's matchup with the Angels, Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com reports. The Orioles have yet to declare a starter for Friday's game, but it the decision will be between Jimenez and Mike Wright. Jimenez last pitched Sunday against the Mariners. He gave up six runs in 4.1 innings.
Jimenez will start Sunday against the Mariners, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports. Jimenez has been one of the worst starters in baseball this season, but the Orioles, without any ready alternatives, will be forced to continue leaning on him in a starting role for the time being. To be fair, the right-hander has been a little better in his past two starts (three runs on seven hits in 11 innings), but he's walked eight over that span and manager Buck Showalter will likely keep him on a short leash.
Jimenez (5-7) allowed one run on three hits and four walks with five strikeouts over five innings in Tuesday's win over the Padres. Jimenez could have gone deeper into this game, as he threw just 87 pitches (49 strikes, 10 swinging) over the five innings of work. However, with the Orioles playing in a National League park, Jimenez was pulled for a pinch-hitter -- a decision his four walks likely made easier. Despite Tuesday's effort, Jimenez still has a 6.63 ERA as he has allowed five runs or more in five of his past nine starts.