Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/14/14

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for hitting Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in Sunday’s Cactus League game between the two teams.

The incident, dubbed “gutless” by Rockies manager Jim Tracy, was allegedly due to media-based issues between the two players. Jimenez claimed that the pitch was merely an inside fastball that “got away,” but MLB saw things differently.

Jimenez, also given an undisclosed fine, could appeal the ruling but could be forced to miss his first start of the season if it stands.

[Related: Is Ubaldo’s 2010 Fausto’s 2007?]

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