Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball on Monday for intentionally throwing at Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki during a spring training game.
Jimenez will serve his suspension during the first five games of the season unless he asks the players’ association to appeal the decision by MLB senior vice president Joe Garagiola Jr.
Indians manager Manny Acta expects an appeal.
“He’s starting the second game of the season,” Acta said. “It’s disappointing, but I’m not surprised.”
Before the penalty was announced, Jimenez said he wasn’t going to apologize to Tulowitzki after hitting his former Rockies teammate on the left elbow on Sunday.
Jimenez didn’t think he should be suspended for drilling the star shortstop and said his primary concern is being ready for the season.
“Players are hit by pitches every day,” Jimenez said Monday. “With a guy like him, you have to go inside. I can’t get the ball to go where I want every time.”
GIANTS: Matt Cain has that hefty new contract he hoped for before Opening Day.
Cain and San Francisco agreed to a $127.5 million, six-year contract, the largest deal for a right-handed pitcher in baseball history.
The 27-year-old went 12-11 last season with a 2.88 ERA.
REDS: The team is discussing a new deal for Joey Votto that would extend beyond the 2013 season.
Votto declined to get into specifics about the discussions after a spring training game on Monday.
The Reds tried to sign Votto to a long-term deal after he won the NL MVP award in 2010.
DIAMONDBACKS: Manager Kirk Gibson says it was “unrealistic” to think shortstop Stephen Drew would be ready to play by Opening Day.
Drew broke his right ankle and ripped the ligaments apart when his spikes were caught under him in a slide into home plate last July 20.