Updates on Ohman, Simon, Gregg, Ryne Duren
The Orioles are not one of the three finalists for the services of free-agent left-handed reliever Will Ohman, who spent half of last season pitching for the Orioles.
An industry source said Ohman has narrowed his choices to three, and the Chicago White Sox are considered the favorites. A final decision has not been made but is close, the source said.
The Orioles are looking for a left-handed reliever and had some interest in bringing back Ohman, who signed a minor league deal with the club last offseason and pitched well for the big league team before he was traded to the Florida Marlins on July 31 for Rick VandenHurk.
But the Orioles were not willing to offer a major league roster spot at this point to Ohman. It’s expected that the club will wait until closer to spring training before it adds another lefty to the bullpen. It’s possible that pitcher -- like Ohman in 2010 -- will be offered a minor league deal and a spring training invitation with a good chance of making the club. Or the Orioles could claim a left-hander off waivers or trade for one before spring training begins.
Ohman, 33, pitched in 33 games with the Orioles last season, not recording a decision while compiling a 3.30 ERA in 30 innings. He didn’t allow a run in his first 25 appearances for the Orioles. While with the Marlins, Ohman went 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in 17 games.
Ballistics test not in
In other news, as of late Friday afternoon, Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon remained detained in the Dominican Republic while awaiting an official ballistics report, which might determine whether the bullet that killed Simon’s 25-year-old cousin Jan. 1 was fired by Simon’s gun.
Gregg’s physical Tuesday
Reliever Kevin Gregg, who agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Orioles this week, will be in Baltimore on Tuesday for his physical. If all goes well, the club will announce Gregg’s signing, bringing the club’s 40-man roster to 39 players.
Ryne Duren, known for his 100 mph fastball, control difficulties and thick eyeglasses, died Thursday at age 81. Duren pitched just one game for the Orioles in his 10-season major league career, but it was his debut Sept. 25, 1954. He was traded two years later to the Kansas City Athletics.
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