In earning first save, Ubaldo also saves 'pen

In earning first save, Ubaldo also saves 'pen

OAKLAND -- Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez did more than earn his first career save by pitching the final three innings of Sunday's 10-2 victory over the White Sox. He saved the bullpen and the O's avoided having to make any pitching moves.

"He gave a bunch of guys a second day off," manager Buck Showalter said. "That was huge regardless of what happened."

Jimenez, who has 105 wins, took the responsibility to heart.

"It's not easy, not facing hitters for a few days and then coming in," Jimenez said. "You have to find a way to be ready. I can help take the pressure off the main guy."

Jimenez has made 18 starts, and Sunday was his second relief appearance.

Worth noting

• Outfielder Steve Pearce, who received a cortisone shot for an inflamed right elbow, "looks a lot better than initially," Showalter said. "By Wednesday, we'll have an idea what we're dealing with."

• Lefty T.J. McFarland will throw a bullpen session for the Orioles' Rookie League affiliate in the Gulf Coast League on Tuesday. If all goes well, he'll be sent on a rehab assignment.

Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.