Cleveland Indians Ace Ubaldo Jimenez Suspended Five Games

Paul Shaia@shaia333Contributor IIIApril 2, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 16:  Starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez #30 of the Cleveland Indians sits on the bench after being taken out of the game during the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox  at U.S. Cellular Field on August 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
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Ubaldo Jimenez still maintains the fact that his control was not in order when he plunked Troy Tulowitzki in the elbow.

This is bad news for the Indians and even worse news for Jimenez. He has not performed well since being acquired at the deadline last season. 

Hopefully, Jimenez will have a chance to reflect on what changed the past season. In 2010, Jimenez won 19 games while maintaining a below three era.

The Indians thought they were getting that pitcher when they traded two prize prospects for his services.

Whether or not Jimenez meant to hit his former teammate, the fact remains he is not focused. This five game ban should help. 

After the comments from manager Jim Tracy, MLB was quick to reprimand Ubaldo. Ubaldo still denies intent.

The Indians are hoping to contend for the American League division title against the likes of Prince Fielder and Justin Verlander.

This does not help. 

Fausto Carmona has created enough starting rotation drama this offseason. Two key pieces to the rotation will not be with the ball club come opening day, although their return is in the near future.

Youngsters Jeanmar Gomez and Josh Tomlin have picked up the slack.

A more focused Carmona and Jimenez will be key to the tribe overtaking the mighty Tigers.

The five game ban is likely warranted and sends a message to teams days before the regular season starts.

The Tribe has not played lights out and perhaps a bench clearing brawl may wake up the team and refocus.