Indians’ Jimenez to drop appeal of suspension

April 7, 2012, 6:14 PM

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CLEVELAND — Indians manager Manny Acta says pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez plans to drop the appeal of his five-game suspension following his season debut.

Jimenez was suspended for intentionally throwing at Colorado All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in his final start of spring training last Sunday. Jimenez drilled his former teammate in the elbow, escalating a running feud the two had all spring.

Before Jimenez started against Toronto on Saturday, Acta said the Indians want to take advantage of an upcoming off day so the right-hander, acquired last season in a blockbuster trade from the Rockies, won’t have to miss his turn in the rotation.

Jimenez had an inconsistent spring, but Acta was encouraged by his performance over his last three starts in the exhibition season. Jimenez’s velocity increased and he had better command.

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