Ubaldo set to return to the mound on Sunday

Ubaldo set to return to the mound on Sunday

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."