Ubaldo Jimenez would like to put an asterisk by his 2011 season. Beside the asterisk would be this comment, "The pitcher you saw last year wasn't the real me."

It will take a little more than that to convince skeptical fans that Indians GM Chris Antonetti wasn't snookered in trading No.1 picks Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, along with right-hander Joe Gardner and infielder Matt McBride, to Colorado for Jimenez in July. Antonetti himself could probably use more assurance than he received last year, but right now Jimenez is the only one who counts.

Why the optimism?

For one thing, Jimenez doesn't have an infected right thumb. For another, his left groin isn't strained.

"I was hurt last year and right now I feel really good," said Jimenez.