Simon in Baltimore; will be activated in a couple days
Closer Alfredo Simon, who strained his left hamstring running to cover first base on May 23 against the Washington Nationals, returned to Baltimore from Florida on Saturday and could throw a simulated game at Camden Yards on Sunday morning before the Orioles-New York Mets series finale.
It depends on whether the Mets take batting practice on the field Sunday.
“He’s been throwing (in Sarasota). It’s not an arm injury, it’s a leg injury so we are taking all those things under consideration,” Samuel said.
If all goes well, Simon could be activated from the disabled list in time for the start of the club’s six-game road trip that begins Monday in San Francisco. The exact timeline has not been decided, Samuel said, because the team is also considering what corresponding move will be made to make room for Simon.
The Orioles could demote a pitcher to Triple-A Norfolk such as reliever Frank Mata (1.29 ERA in seven games) or Brad Bergesen (3-4, 6.66 ERA), who could return to the Tides’ rotation. They could also designate reliever Matt Albers (2-3, 5.53 ERA), who is out of options, or go to a three-man bench and send outfielder Lou Montanez back to Norfolk.
Simon (1-1, 2.92 ERA, six saves) is expected to return to the closer’s role, though he may be spelled on occasion by David Hernandez, a former starter who picked up his first career Thursday night.