Three innings? Jimenez can take it

Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez’s first Spring Training outing, Friday against the Angels at Tempe, will be three innings. Other starters whose Cactus League debuts have been announced will throw just two innings.

But Jimenez doesn’t mind the extra early work.

Jimenez pitched during the Dominican Winter League playoffs, and came to camp ahead of most of the pitchers in terms of readiness. He doesn’t intend to take extra rest later in the spring.

“I don’t want to rest,” Jimenez said. “I don’t want to lose anything. I like for my arm always to be loose. If I don’t throw for a couple of days, I don’t feel good.”

The Rockies have split-squad games Friday, one against the Angels and the other against the Giants at Scottsdale. Manager Jim Tracy said he wanted to keep Jimenez away from the Giants, since he could be pitching big games against them during the regular season. Lefty Jeff Francis, who missed last year because of shoulder surgery, will start against the Giants.

Jimenez said his opponent doesn’t matter.

“I’ll pitch against anyone, but I understand why they’re doing it,” Jimenez said.

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