07/31/11 4:18 PM EST
Jimenez passes physical, trade official
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
The unusual deal sent the Rockies three pitching prospects -- lefty Drew Pomeranz (who can't be officially included until Aug. 15, to satisfy a Major League Baseball rule requiring a player to spend at least a calendar year in the organization that drafted him), and righties Alex White and Joe Gardner, plus first baseman-outfielder Matt McBride.
The Indians said Pomeranz will continue to work in the Indians' farm system, and the Indians and Rockies will work out a work schedule for the next two weeks.
It turned out that no damage was done on Saturday. The deal was completed around game time, so the Rockies allowed Jimenez to start against the Padres at PETCO Park. He gave up four runs in a 45-pitch first inning before leaving the game and accepting handshakes and farewells from his teammates.
Not only did the Indians insist upon checking Jimenez out, but the Rockies did a medical evaluation on McBride, who was hit in the eye during batting practice at Double-A Akron on Friday.
The deal occurred on the eve of the MLB non-waiver Trade Deadline. Although there were rumors involving right-handed relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt, catcher Chris Iannetta and third baseman Ian Stewart, things cooled in the minutes leading up to the deadline.
Pomeranz was the Indians' top pick in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, White was the top pick in 2009 and Gardner was a third-rounder in 2009. All of the players were at Akron at the time of the deal, although White was there on a Minor League rehab assignment. Pomeranz is expected to continue to pitch for Akron until he can be sent to the Rockies under MLB rules.
The completion of the deal also allowed the Rockies to activate right-handed relief pitcher Edgmer Escalona, whom they called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs for Sunday afternoon's game against the Padres.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.