Also, his ground-ball rate has dropped in recent years from 52.5 percent in 2009 to 38.9 percent in 2012 and 43.9 percent last year, which could present a challenge at hitter-friendly Camden Yards.

Even though he would be penciled in to pitch in the front of the Orioles' rotation, Jimenez wouldn't necessarily be handed the Opening Day starter nod since right-hander Chris Tillman won a career-high 16 games last year.

But it does now create a crowded starting rotation. Entering camp, the Orioles appeared to have just one rotation spot open with Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris slotted for the rotation.

Zach Britton, Steve Johnson, T.J. McFarland, Alfredo Aceves, Brian Matusz, Kevin Gausman and Yoon were all considered in the running for the fifth rotation spot.

Fox Sports and MASN were the first to report the story. 

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Ubaldo Jimenez

Born: Jan. 22, 1984

Home: Dominican Republic

Throws/hits: Right/right

Best season: 19-8, 2.88 ERA for Colorado Rockies in 2010

Last season: 13-9, 3.30 ERA with Cleveland Indians

Career: 82-75, 3.92 ERA with Rockies, Indians