NEW YORK -- Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez touched 97 mph on his fastball and averaged 94 mph on Wednesday during a rehab start against Athletics Minor Leaguers at Scottsdale, Ariz. He should be in line to return to the club's rotation Monday at home against the Giants.
Jimenez threw 81 pitches in five innings in his first outing since Opening Day, when he gave up an uncharacteristic six runs and seven hits in six innings while pitching through a right thumb cuticle injury. Jimenez, who has hit 100 mph on many occasions, had difficulty getting to 95 in that game, and ended up with a no-decision in the Rockies' eventual 7-6, 11-inning loss to the D-backs at Coors Field.
On Wednesday, Jimenez struck out three and forced nine ground-ball outs while giving up two runs and seven hits.
The plan was for Jimenez to throw enough pitches in the rehab outing to be able to pitch a normal game when he returns to the rotation, Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.