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January 2, 2011

Simon expected to meet with authorities tonight or Monday morning (updated)

Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon is scheduled to meet with law enforcement authorities either Sunday night or Monday morning in the Dominican Republic.

Simon, 29, has been sought by Dominican police in connection with the fatal shooting of a man and the wounding of another during a New Year's Eve celebration.

Police in the coastal province of Puerto Plata said Sunday that they had obtained an arrest warrant for Simon and were actively looking for him to question him about the incident, which they said occurred as revelers gathered in a park in the resort town of Luperón. Police suggested the shooting might have been accidental but were waiting to hear from Simon before deciding whether to charge him.

Simon's agents, Phil and Alex Isaac, said their client was never in hiding, as some published reports suggested, and he is expected to cooperate with the investigation. Phil Isaac declined further comment on the matter.

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Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:55 PM | | Comments (1)


Really a shame, hope it turns out that he wasn't involved. Simon seemed to be a really nice young guy, even if he did remind me of Don Stanhouse as a closer. Ball one, pace... adjust hat... Ball TWO... repeat.

For the O's, quilty, or not, it looks like he'll have a hard time getting a visa unless the police dismiss all charges right away.

It means needing another bullpen arm that can pitch at the ML or AAA level. So Andy's attention will have to turn to seriosly looking at relief pitchers. Depending on what id done with a starter, the O's could use as many as 3 more arms(one lefthanded) if Vanderhurk is used at the back of the rotation.

Jeff or Dan, Asked this question the other day. Have you heard Chris Young's name mentioned as a possible rotation canidiate? He's been hurt the last couple of years, but did come back and get some starts in Sept for SD.

The reason I wonder about him is he pitched for Connner and Buck in Texas. Seems like lots of times guys in baseball are willing to take a flyer on a guy they have a little history with.

Not a name that's getting much play, but one that might make some sense for what the O's need.

The Gregg contract offer has been out there longer then the LaRoche saga went on.Any word if Andy is ready to cut bait and move on?

Any bets on if he ends up closing for the Nats?

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

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