Looks like Ubaldo Jimenez, the major-league leader in wins and ERA, will be plenty rested in order to start the All-Star Game for the National League if Philadelphia manager Charlie Manuel is so inclined.
And given Jimenez's sensational 13-1 record and 1.60 ERA through his first 15 starts, you would think that would be among Manuel's easier decisions come Midsummer Classic time.
New rules this year will preclude any starting pitcher who works on the Sunday before the break from being eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game. That could make things dicey as rosters are chosen and strategy begins to take shape.
There should be no such issues, however, with Jimenez. Following Monday night's outing in San Diego, Colorado manager Jim Tracy projects him to pitch Saturday against San Francisco and then Thursday, July 8 against St. Louis.
That would put him on his regular five days' rest for Tuesday, July 13 in Anaheim.