BALTIMORE—Ubaldo Jimenez is back with the Orioles. His wife, Marivi, delivered the couple’s first child, a daughter named Jimevi on Saturday night.
“It feels good. It was a wonderful experience for me to be part of. It’s something that you only get your first daughter once. But it’s good to be back. Those three days took a long time,” Jimenez said.
His wife gave birth a few weeks ahead of schedule.
“It’s been pretty rough. You never know what’s going to happen when your wife goes into labor. You have to wait a long time and there’s a lot of things you aren’t sure about, especially doing it for the first times. It’s tiring, you don’t sleep a lot. But it’s a wonderful experience.
Jimenez said that while he’s been on paternity leave, he’s snuck in a couple of bullpen sessions. Manager Buck Showalter has said that Jimenez could start on Thursday in Minnesota, but Jimenez doesn’t know anything about it.
“They haven’t told me. But if they give me the chance of course I’m going to be happy to hopefully be there for the team and give them a chance to win,” Jimenez said.
He hasn’t pitched since July 8, an extraordinarily long layoff.
“It has to be tough, I’ve never been through it before. Where I had to go two weeks without pitching. But it’s part of the game, I’ve been staying in shape, throwing bullpens. It’s not going to be that bad,” Jimenez said.
While Jimenez was on the paternity list, his name was circulating in rumors involving a proposed trade with the San Diego Padres involving Melvin Upton, Jr. The Padres traded Upton to Toronto instead.
“I didn’t have a lot of time to be following that. I had my daughter. That was the No. 1 thing at the time. You know, rumors are going to be rumored. If something is going to happen, you never know. You have to be ready for whenever, but I’m part of the team and I’m looking forward to being there,” Jimenez said.