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Simon back as O's closer

Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:20 pm
 

Alfredo Simon is back as the Orioles' closer, Baltimore manager Juan Samuel told reporters, including the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec on Saturday.

David Hernandez converted his first two saves chances while Simon was on the disabled list, but then blew his third on Friday. Simon has pitched twice since coming off the disabled list (left hamstring strain), including 2/3 of an inning on Friday.

"When Simon came back, we said we didn't want to throw him right into the fire," Samuel said. "He's been gone for quite a bit. We wanted to make sure he got some innings, got the feel back and I think he's there right now. We aren't going to be switching back and forth. Like last night,  Hernandez was the closer in the game. He had to get himself out of that. That's the same plan we have for Simon. If he's out there to close, he's going to stay out there and try to close the game."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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