Tag:Alfredo Simon
Posted on: June 19, 2010 9:20 pm

Simon back as O's closer

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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Posted on: June 13, 2010 7:26 pm

Orioles get closer back

The Orioles activated closer Alfredo Simon following Sunday's loss to the Mets, the Baltimore Sun reports . The Orioles sent right-hander Brad Bergesen back to Triple-A Norfolk, where he will rejoin the rotation after spending time in the Orioles' bullpen.

Simon has been on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring since May 25. Simon has six saves in seven opportunities, going 1-1 with a 2.92 ERA.

"I try to come back to the same thing I was doing before. It feels really good right now," Simon told the Sun. "When I try to run hard, I feel a little bit [in the hamstring], but when I am throwing, not at all."

Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel told the paper Simon probably wouldn't pitch Monday against the Giants, leaving David Hernandez as the team's closer for one more game.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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