Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has apparently not been on the best of terms with former Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki since Jimenez was traded to the Indians last season.
Take a look at this video clip where Jimenez hits Tulowitzki in the left elbow with a pitch in the first inning which resulted in both benches being cleared.
On Monday, Major League Baseball reacted to play, suspending Jimenez for the first five games of the season. Jimenez can appeal the suspension if he chooses.
Jimenez said that the pitch that hit Tulowitzki was unintentional, but added that he was not going to apologize. Reportedly, prior to being dealt to Cleveland in July; Jimenez said that he was not happy in Coloradoand Tulowitzki was quoted as saying that he should get over it.
Despite Jimenez insisting he did not intend to hit Tulowitzki, his post-game comments don’t add up to an innocent verdict. “He was calling me names,” Jimenez said about his confrontation with Tulowitzki. “I already said I didn’t want to hit him. I had five walks in Sunday’s start. It’s not the first time somebody was hit.
Cleveland Indians manager Jim Tracy called his actions “the most gutless act” he’s seen in 35 years of pro baseball.