Jimenez Nails Tulowitzki On First Pitch, X-rays Negative
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) — It was an ugly scene during the Cleveland Indians and Colorado Rockies Spring Training game on Sunday.
Former Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez drilled Rockies all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in the left elbow on the first pitch, followed by a bench clearing brawl.
“You guys will have to talk to him and see if it was intentional or unintentional,” Tulowitzki said. “I didn’t expect anything and the emotions took over. A couple of words were exchanged but nothing more than that.”
Luckily, for the Rockies, X-rays on Tulowitzki’s elbow were negative, but manager Jim Tracy still was not too happy after the game.
“The most gutless act I’ve seen in 35 years in the game, that’s what I saw,” said Tracy of Jimenez. “That’s exactly what I witnessed. He intentionally threw at him, he should be suspended. I’ll be very disappointed if he doesn’t get suspended because he deserves to be suspended.”
“I don’t want to hurt him at all. Just one pitch that got away that could happen to anybody,” Jimenez said of the first pitch.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was in attendance on Sunday.
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