Simon is expected to be cleared in the shooting death of his 25-year old cousin in the Dominican Republic in a New Year's celebration, Ghiroli writes, citing two sources. Authorities are reportedly investigating another suspect in the crime, which could help his case.
The Orioles placed Simon on the restricted list last week to make room for Vladimir Guerrero. He can remain on the list until he is able to rejoin the team, but is not paid and doesn't accrue service time. He could, however, be ready to join the team for spring training.
"We fully expect him to be back up -- and pitching very soon," one of his agents, Phil Isaac, told MLB.com.
Simon served as the Orioles' closer for a time last season, picking up 17 saves to go along with a 4-2 record and a 4.93 ERA in 49 games. He was replaced by Koji Uehara last season.
Since then, the Orioles added former Blue Jays closer Kevin Gregg, as well David Riske and Jeremy Accardo to the bullpen. The team is long on relievers and it could be tough for Simon to break camp with the team -- although, compared to the future he was facing, a trip to Norfolk, Va., doesn't sound too bad right about now.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans