On Wednesday, Cleveland announced that Jimenez has been shut down for the rest of the season because of a minor right ankle sprain. The pitcher indicated that he was been bothered by the issue during his past two outings.
"The good thing," Indians head athletic trainer Lonnie Soloff said, "in my opinion, is that it's a minor issue that's going to respond exceptionally well to rest and rehab."
With Jimenez sidelined for the season's final week, the Indians have shuffled their rotation slightly. Right-hander Jeanmar Gomez will move out of the bullpen for a start against the Royals on Saturday. The tentative rotation for the four games that follow appears to be Zach McAllister, Corey Kluber, Justin Masterson and David Huff.
That could change if the Indians clear Roberto Hernandez (right ankle sprain) to make one final start.
Jimenez had his ailing ankle examined by Dr. Brian Donley at the Cleveland Clinic on Monday and the pitcher was instructed to rest for a period of seven to 10 days. Under normal circumstances, Jimenez would then be cleared to resume throwing, but the timing means the righty will instead get an early jump on his offseason.
In 31 starts, Jimenez went 9-17 with a 5.55 ERA across 176 2/3 innings, during which he compiled 143 strikeouts and 95 walks. Jimenez is the first Indians pitcher since 1987 (Tom Candiotti, 18 losses) to lose at least 17 games in one year. His 5.55 ERA is the second-highest mark by an Indians starter for a single season (Jack Morris, 5.60 ERA, 1994), dating back to 1921.