You know it’s the year of the pitcher when a 0.51 ERA over 3 starts doesn’t make you good enough to be a Major Leaguer. Today the Indians sent left hander David Huff back down to AAA Columbus to make room for Ubaldo Jimenez. Along with the great ERA, Huff had allowed only a .197 batting average and a WHIP of under 1.00. He also had a strikeout to walk ratio of 14/5, a huge improvement in an area he has struggled with in his career (75/112 before this season). Not only did he pull off these numbers, but he did it in games against the Twins, Angels and Red Sox, three of the best teams in the American League.
I’m not saying that Ubaldo Jimenez isn’t an improvement over Huff, only that there are other players who probably should have been demoted first. Of course there is a decent chance that Carlos Carrasco (8-9, 4.67 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) could accept his suspension after his next start, then be demoted shortly after it is over. If this happens, Huff will be back and Carrasco will be back in the minors where he belongs right now.
Ubaldo Jimenez will be making his Indians debut on Friday night in Texas. He should get approximately 10 starts for the Indians this season.