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Ubaldo Jimenez's Return Pushed Back, Will Miss Tim Lincecum

Colorado Rockies ace pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was originally scheduled to pitch in Monday's game against the San Francisco Giants and starter Tim Lincecum, but that start has been moved To Tuesday, reports the Denver Post's Troy Renck..

Manager Jim Tracy announced the change in the rotation because he does not want fifth starter Esmil Rogers, who will pitch Monday, to have nine days in between his starts. Rogers started on April 13 in a 5-4 victory over the Mets, gutting out five innings pitched and three runs allowed.

Moving Jimenez's start back one day shouldn't mean much to the team. Jimenez has the highest ERA on the team (7.50 in one start), which in a way tells us how good the starting rotation has been in his absence. Both Rogers and Jhoulys Chacin lead the team with 2.77 ERAs and Jorge De La Rosa (3.18) and Jason Hammel (4.91) follow. Recently optioned to the minors, Greg Reynolds put up a 3.27 ERA in two starts.

Rookie Alan Johnson will receive the first major league start of his career on Sunday, making a spot start due to Thursday's doubleheader forcing the Rockies to need an extra pitcher.