CLEVELAND -- Ubaldo Jimenez is being forced to wait an additional day before returning to the Indians' rotation following his five-game suspension.
Due to Tuesday's postponement against the White Sox, Jimenez will be unable to start on Saturday against the Royals as initially planned. The right-hander will instead have to wait until Sunday before he can rejoin Cleveland's staff.
"That's OK," Jimenez said with a shrug on Wednesday morning. "Of course I can't wait to get back out there, but that's part of where I am right now. You just have to take it. I didn't even realize that I was going to go another day because of the rain. They just told me right now."
Jimenez was suspended five games for hitting Rockies shortstop -- and former teammate -- Troy Tulowitzki with a pitch during a Spring Training game on April 1. The hit-by-pitch ignited a bench-clearing altercation, and Major League Baseball felt Jimenez threw at the shortstop intentionally.
After originally appealing the suspension, Jimenez dropped his argument and accepted the punishment after making his season debut for the Tribe on Saturday. In that outing, the righty carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against the Blue Jays and ended with two runs allowed on one hit over seven frames.
"I was able to get ahead," said Jimenez, who was acquired from Colorado in a five-player deal at the Trade Deadline last July. "I was able to throw a lot of strikes. That's something I'm looking forward to keep doing the whole season. I need to get ahead and stay ahead."
Rainout sends Tomlin into Indians' bullpen
CLEVELAND -- Inclement weather not only washed out the Indians' game on Tuesday, but it also cost right-hander Josh Tomlin a turn in the rotation. The rotation underwent a slight makeover, and Tomlin will be in the bullpen as an extra arm for the time being.
That is just fine with the pitcher.
"I've done it before," Tomlin said on Wednesday morning. "I've come out of the 'pen before in the Minor Leagues. I enjoy it."
Due to the rainout of Tuesday's tilt against the White Sox, as well as off-days scheduled for Thursday and Monday, Cleveland will not use Tomlin as a starter until April 19 in Seattle. The righty pitched for the Tribe on Monday, meaning he will have nine days of rest between outings if he does not make a relief appearance.
In that Monday start against the White Sox, Tomlin allowed four runs on seven hits, including a pair of home runs, in five innings.
Tomlin said he did not throw a bullpen session on Tuesday like he would have under normal circumstances. He said he will be available out of the bullpen for Friday's road game against Kansas City, and he will likely treat that day as if he was going to be prepping for a typical between-start mound workout.
"I think you just kind of approach it like the bullpen guys do," Tomlin said. "If you kind of know a day you're going to be available, maybe you don't run as much the day before the game. You just approach your outing the same way as a starter. Maybe you do a little bit more throwing before the game."
Last season, when the 27-year-old Tomlin went 12-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 26 starts for the Indians, the right-hander posted a 1.84 ERA (three earned runs over 14 2/3 innings) in games he pitched following six-plus days of rest.
"I know a lot of guys are routine-oriented," Tomlin said. "That's not me. If I get out of that five-day routine, it's not going to kill me."
Quote to note
"[It will be concerning] if in a month from now, we're looking like we have the past few days. But in the end, I still think we have a lot of very good hitters on our team and guys that have track records of being successful. I think over time, we'll have a good offense."
-- Indians general manager Chris Antonetti
Indians left-hander David Huff, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain, threw off the mound in a bullpen session on Wednesday morning. As things stand, Huff appears ticketed for Triple-A Columbus when he is ready to be activated.
Right-hander Henricus VandenHurk, who elected free agency after declining the Tribe's outright assignment to Triple-A Columbus on Friday, signed a Minor League contract with the Pirates on Wednesday. The Indians acquired the pitcher from the Blue Jays in Spring Training.
The Indians launched at least one home run in each of their first five games at home this season. That marked the longest such streak since the Tribe belted at least one long ball in nine consecutive home games to open the 2006 season.