The best year of Jimenez’s career was 2010 with the Rockies. He was 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA and started the All-Star Game for the National League. He last pitched in the majors in 2017, when he was 6-11 with a 6.81 ERA in 25 starts for Baltimore.
After taking 2018 off, he started throwing again last summer. He pitched in the Dominican Winter League, going 1-4 with a 3.03 ERA in eight starts. He signed a minor-league deal with the Rockies, his original team.
He gave himself a passing grade Wednesday.
“The fastball command was great,” he said. “I was able to throw a lot of strikes down in the zone. That was the focus. Just to be aggressive in the strike zone and make them swing the bat. I got five ground balls, so it was a good day.”
Manager Bud Black said it was a good first step.
“Threw a ton of strikes,” Black said. “Looked comfortable. Delivery looked good.”