Sunday (April 1) at a spring training game between the Colorado Rockies and Cleveland Indians, pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (a current Indians and former Rockies player) plunked former teammate Troy Tulowitzski in the arm during an at-bat.
Lest you think the plunking was unintentional, it clearly as not, as Jimenez thumped his chest and walked toward the plate following the hit, causing the benches to clear. The beaning is no doubt in response to Tulowitzski’s comments regarding Jimenez.
Jimenez has not be quiet in complaining about his time with Colorado, saying that he felt under-appreciated when he was not offered a contract extension like Tulowitzski was given in the off-season. Tulowitzski responded by saying he finds the bad-mouthing upsetting.
“For him to come out and badmouth an
organization that I have a lot of respect for and take a lot of pride in
being here, yeah, you are going to be upset. You don’t spend the
portion of your career with a team then the next year come out and say
something,” Tulowitzski tells the Denver Post.
And Jimenez apparently didn’t like that, because in the first at-bat of their game against one another, he plunked Tulowitzski. Jimenez claims it was accidental, saying, “I tried to get inside on him. It was a pitch that got
away. That happens in about a thousand games.”
But Rockies manager Jim Tracy disagrees, telling the Post, “It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35
years of professional baseball. I have lost all respect for him. To do
something like that and walk down off the mound, and if there’s any
suggestion whatsoever that the ball got away,
I don’t want to hear any of that (expletive). He
intentionally threw at him. He should be suspended. I am going to be
very disappointed if he doesn’t get suspended. He deserves to be.”
Tulowitzski left the game to get precautionary X-rays taken, but doctors say the X-rays were negative (meaning no structural damage), so he should be good to go for the Rockies opening day game on Friday, April 6 in Houston.