Jimenez allowed two earned runs in an inning of work during Sunday's 6-0 loss to the Athletics.
Jimenez came on for the eighth inning, and after hitting the second batter he faced, the 23-year-old reliever served up a two-run home run to Matt Olson. Jimenez has struggled a bit over his last 10 appearances, as he's allowed seven earned runs over 9.2 innings. He's seen his ERA climb from 1.98 to 3.35 in that time, though Jimenez has still shown a lot of improvement from last season, when he posted a miserable 12.32 ERA in 19 innings.
Jimenez recorded the hold in Saturday's 2-1 win over the Indians, as he worked around a walk to toss a scoreless eighth inning.
A day after getting rocked for three runs in a third of an inning, Jimenez pitched much better Saturday to record his 14th hold of the season. The 23-year-old now has a 3.11 ERA this year to go along with 54 strikeouts across 46.1 innings, and he could take over as Detroit's closer if incumbent Shane Greene is traded before Tuesday's trade deadline.
Jimenez is expected to return to an eighth-inning setup role beginning Friday, when the Tigers intend to activate closer Shane Greene (shoulder) from the 10-day disabled list, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Jimenez, who was named the Tigers' lone All-Star representative last weekend, received two save opportunities while Greene was sidelined and converted one of them. The 23-year-old will see his fantasy value take a major hit with Greene's reinstatement, but Jimenez should at least remain a useful ratio stabilizer in AL-only and deeper mixed leagues upon rejoining the setup ranks. Jimenez has posted a 2.85 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 10.1 K/9 across 44 appearances on the campaign.
Jimenez allowed a hit and struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning Friday to pick up his third save of the season in a 3-1 win over the Rangers.
He's been shaky lately, coughing up five runs over his prior 3.2 innings and four appearances coming into Friday, but Jimenez was able to get the job done and record his first save since Shane Greene (shoulder) hit the disabled list. Greene could be back before the All-Star break, but Jimenez figures to get whatever save chances the Tigers can produce in the meantime.
Jimenez (4-1) blew the save but still picked up the win in Monday's game against the Blue Jays. He allowed a run on a hit and three walks in an inning of work.
Jimenez was shaky in his first outing as the team's closer with Shane Greene (shoulder) placed on the disabled list earlier in the day. The 23-year-old had been much stingier issuing walks this season after posting a 4.3 BB/9 in 2017, but control was an issue in this one, as he walked more than two batters in an appearance for the first time this year. Jimenez should still hold onto the closer's gig for however long Greene is out, but if wants to potentially wrestle the job away for good, he'll have to pitch better than this during his audition.
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|2016||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||0||0||0.00||17||0||0||0||10||17.1||5||0||0||0||2||5||28|
|2016||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||0||1||2.30||17||0||0||0||8||15.2||9||5||4||1||0||4||16|
|2017||AFA-Lakeland Flying Tige||0||0||0.00||1||1||0||0||0||1.0||1||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|2017||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||1||1||1.44||26||0||0||0||4||25.0||19||4||4||1||0||12||36|