Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/4/12

The Indians had a scheduled off day Monday, their second in five days. The break allowed Cleveland to use a four-man rotation during that period, and it was telling which pitcher was skipped.

The choice was Ubaldo Jimenez, who at the start of the season was considered to be the No. 1-A starter behind Opening Day starter Justin Masterson. Team officials believed that Masterson and Jimenez were both potential aces.

That hasn't been the case with either pitcher, but especially Jimenez, whose performance in the first two months of the season was exasperating.

In 10 starts, Jimenez is 5-4 with a 5.79 ERA. He is averaging nearly seven walks per nine innings and he leads the American League in walks (42) and wild pitches (seven). In his past four starts, Jimenez has a 8.85 ERA, lasting just four and 4 1/3 innings in two of those outings.

So when the Indians had a chance to go with four starting pitchers over the weekend, it was a very easy decision on the odd man out. Jimenez will start Tuesday night in Detroit, his first appearance since May 27.

Manager Manny Acta said the extra time off between starts allowed Jimenez to work with pitching coach Scott Radinsky on some mechanical adjustments with his delivery. Indians officials have to hope the tweaking of Jimenez's mechanics works, because Masterson hasn't been stellar, either.

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