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Jimenez banished to bullpen again

With his huge contract, there is nothing the Orioles can do other than banish him into the bullpen.

With his huge contract, there is nothing the Orioles can do other than banish him into the bullpen.

For a second time in three seasons Ubaldo Jimenez has been removed from the starting rotation and put in the bullpen; only because the team does not know what else to do with him. Jimenez will be replaced by Yovani Gallardo in the rotation when he returns from the disabled list on Saturday.

Jimenez, who signed a 4-year, $50 million contract with the Orioles in 2014, has failed to perform up to his contract since joining the Orioles and this year has been his worst. The 32-year-old has an inflated 6.89 ERA that has been over-inflated since the beginning of the season. In his last start on June 12, Jimenez failed to make it past just one out as he allowed five runs on six hits in what ended up being a 10-9 loss at Toronto.

Two starts before that Jimenez pitched five shutout innings before quickly falling apart in the sixth against the Boston Red Sox, allowing five runs before being taken out of the game before recording an out in that inning.

Since coming to Baltimore Jimenez has had a 4.81 ERA with a 21-26 record. Last year, despite still having a 4.11 ERA, Jimenez was one of the most consistent pitchers the team had and pitched 184 innings, but this year he’s been miserable.

His contract does not allow the team to do anything but keep him on the roster somewhere, which will likely mean he’ll be the most expensive mop-up guy in the league. There is no way the Orioles can be confident in putting him in, in a close situation.

Gallardo pitched four games for the Orioles and has struggled with a high 7.00 ERA, but was put on the disabled list on April 23 with right biceps tendinitis. He pitched in three minor league rehab starts. His last one was on June 13 with Triple-A Norfolk, where he went five innings with just one hit allowed (which was a home run) and five strikeouts.

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