BOSTON -- Indians manager Manny Acta thinks too much has been made about new pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez's final start with the Rockies.
Jimenez was allowed to start Saturday's game, despite a pending trade to the Indians on the table, and then removed after a 45-pitch first inning when the deal became official.
"If he hadn't started [Saturday], he would have started one of these games [in Boston] for sure," Acta said. "I'm not going to go out on a limb and say that cost us two or three starts. I think a lot of people that are making all the assumptions are really miscalculating how many starts he's going to have for us."
Acta said Jimenez will be on a regular schedule, starting every fifth day for the Indians after Friday. The 27-year-old right-hander is scheduled to join the Indians in Boston on Wednesday.
"I've heard nothing but good things about him," said Travis Hafner. "He's obviously very talented and a top of the rotation starter, so any team would love to have him in there."