NEW YORK -- Rockies manager Jim Tracy said he was "extremely encouraged" by Ubaldo Jimenez's bullpen session on Sunday, and as far as he's concerned, the right-hander is on track to return to the rotation, as expected, next Monday.
But a bigger test will present itself Wednesday, when Jimenez hurls an outing in the 90-pitch range during extended Spring Training in Scottsdale, Ariz.
"We'll see how things move forward and how that finger reacts when he throws a number of pitches," Tracy said prior to Monday's game against the Mets at Citi Field. "If we have to move him a little further back, we'll move him a little further back. If not, then as I just mentioned, he's on target for the 18th."
Jimenez is on the 15-day disabled list with a cut on the cuticle of his right thumb, an injury that forced the 27-year-old to change his grip and give up six runs (five earned) on Opening Day.
Jorge De La Rosa, who was forced out of his last start after five innings because of a blister on his throwing hand, is progressing well and is still slated to make his next scheduled start.