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Ubaldo Jimenez blames cut cuticle

Updated: April 3, 2011, 1:14 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- A cracked cuticle was the culprit in Ubaldo Jimenez's unusually poor performance on opening day, and it could force him to miss his next start.

The Colorado Rockies' ace said Saturday that he was putting ointment on the cut and taping it up for two days in hopes of avoiding infection and speeding the healing.

Both Jimenez and manager Jim Tracy expressed confidence that the right-hander, who started the All-Star game for the NL last season, would make his next start Thursday ...

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