PITTSBURGH -- Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez appeared at PNC Park on Thursday, but only for introductions during the Pirates' home opener. The unanswered question is when he'll reappear on the mound for the Rockies.
A cut on his right thumb cuticle forced Jimenez to the 15-day disabled list, and he is eligible to return April 17. But Jimenez's return date could depend on what he can do during that time on the disabled list, whether he'll need a Minor League rehab assignment and how long that assignment will be. Manager Jim Tracy's policy is to take it conservatively, especially with the team's No. 1 pitcher.
"Rather than sit here and guess about it, I'm just going to wait until I have definitive information," Tracy said. "He's playing catch. The finger looks terrific. But looking good, and how it feels as he continues to get it back to where he wants it to be, are two different issues."
Jimenez struggled on Opening Day, giving up six runs on seven hits in six innings. He ended up with a no-decision in the Rockies' 7-6, 11-inning loss. The thumb cuticle also cost him a start during Spring Training.
Righty Greg Reynolds was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and will start in place of Jimenez on Saturday against the Pirates.