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May 8, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (31) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez worth a look

With all of the injuries that have happened so far this season, you are more than likely finding yourself with a pretty thin pitching staff that is ravished by injuries.

May 8, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (31) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

If that is the case, don’t worry as you can always find pitching on the waiver wire.

One of those guys you should look at is Baltimore Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez.

Jimenez had another brutal April in his first season in an Orioles uniform, but is showing some signs of life lately.

He looked a little bit like his 2013 self on Tuesday night when he struck out seven batters in seven innings pitched, walking only two batters. In the process, Jimenez raised Jimenez’s K Rate to 20.2 percent, while reducing his BB Rate to 10.8 percent.

Walks are always a concern when dealing with Jimenez as his two lowest walk totals in his professional career were 9.3 and 9.5 percent respectively.

With that being said, Jimenez looks like an entirely different pitcher in May than he did in April.

After recording 21 strikeouts, 17 walks and 20 ER through five starts in April, Jimenez has 20 strikeouts, five walks and one ER through three starts in May.

That’s a trend of Jimenez’s as it is the second year in a row that Jimenez had a terrible April and followed it up with a much better May.

It looks like he is following the same trend and could end up putting together a pretty productive 2014 campaign.

If your WHIP is in pretty good shape right now and wouldn’t be hurt by adding a guy like Jimenez, I would look to add him right now as it looks like he is on a positive roll at the moment.

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