LOS ANGELES -- Jim Tracy wants to win the division, just not at the expense of the career of perhaps the game's best pitcher.
The Rockies manager said on Saturday morning that Ubaldo Jimenez would not be brought back on short rest against the Giants in next weekend's three-game series at Coors Field, after Jimenez pitches Wednesday against the D-backs in Arizona.
"I really believe the question is well taken, the significance of the situation is completely understood," Tracy said. "But with the workload that we've given this guy up to this point, I really think that's pushing the envelope way too hard, as far as I'm concerned."
Jimenez picked up his 19th win on Friday, but it was a grind -- and he's had to grind for his last three starts. He's at 202 2/3 innings pitched after logging a career-high 218 innings in 2009.
"Let's be honest about it, the last two starts that he's had, they've not been world-beating type starts," Tracy said. "Last night, it seemed like he had baserunners on every inning."
Jimenez, who went 6 1/3 innings on Friday and allowed four runs, said that he feels fine and is open to whatever the Rockies want him to do.