By Matt Snyder
In one of the weirdest outings you'll ever see from a starting pitcher, Ubaldo Jimenez took the mound for his soon-to-be-former team Saturday night. The Rockies were in the process of finalizing a trade that will send Jimenez to the Indians for a package of prospects, but Jimenez was scheduled to start at 5:35 p.m. PT.
And start he did. But he was awful. He allowed four walks, two doubles and four earned runs in the first inning. Interestingly, Esmil Rogers had been warming up in the Colorado bullpen since the game started. When Jimenez got to the dugout after his inning, he was greeted with a hug first by manager Jim Tracy and then followed by every single person in the dugout. On the broadcast, viewers were unable to hear and of the words being said to Jimenez, but it appeared everyone was saying bye and wishing him well at his new home.
It's unclear why the Rockies bothered to start Jimenez at all, considering Rogers was warming up in the bullpen from the get-go, but it was certainly a risky proposition -- what if he got hurt? All's well that ends well, though, as the Rockies appear to have brought in quite the haul for Jimenez.
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