CLEVELAND -- What a difference a year makes for Ubaldo Jimenez.
After the All-Star break last July, he rejoined the Rockies -- the only team he had been with during his 10-year professional career -- only to be traded a couple of weeks later.
"Last year, it was hard for me," Jimenez said. "After I came from the four-day break, the first thing I heard was, 'You're going to get traded.' So that was really hard."
Jimenez never found his groove in 2011 after Cleveland acquired the right-hander for its top two pitching prospects -- Drew Pomeranz and Alex White -- in addition to two other Minor Leaguers. Jimenez went 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts with the Tribe in the second half of the 2011 campaign as the Tribe faded from contention in the American League Central.
After a sluggish start to the 2012 season, Jimenez has flashed signs that he has turned a corner.
"This year," Jimenez said, "I'm only thinking about what I'm going to do in my next start and how I can help the team."
He's certainly given his club a lift of late, and he credited his recent success to rectifying a mechanical flaw in his delivery. In his last seven outings, Jimenez is 3-3 with a 2.93 ERA. He has limited opponents to a .226 batting average during that span.
"It was all about the mechanics," Jimenez said. "I've been able to go out there just thinking about getting everybody out, instead of thinking, 'I have to do this or that to get better.'"