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Apr 2, 2011 7:10 PM by Jordan Mason

Ubaldo Jimenez's bad outing blamed on cut cuticle

DENVER (AP) - Ubaldo Jimenez has a cut cuticle on his right thumb that affected his opening day outing and could force him to miss his next start.

The Colorado Rockies ace said Saturday that he was putting ointment on the cut and taping it up for two days in hopes of speeding the healing.

Both Jimenez and manager Jim Tracy expressed confidence the right-hander who started the All-Star game for the NL last season would make his next start Thursday at Pittsburgh.

Tracy, however, said he wouldn't hesitate to skip Jimenez if he's still feeling the effects of the injury. On Friday, Jimenez couldn't grip the ball properly and lacked spin on his breaking pitches and oomph on his fastballs, surrendering six runs and seven hits over six innings against Arizona.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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