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April 2, 2011

Simon arrives in Florida; will work out at Orioles' minor-league complex soon

An Orioles source confirmed tonight that pitcher Alfredo Simon arrived in Tampa on Saturday afternoon and will work out at the team’s minor-league complex within the next few days.

Simon, who was detained in his native Dominican Republic since January as a suspect in the shooting death of his cousin in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, is currently on the inactive list and is not part of the 40-man roster.

It is unclear at this time whether his involvement in the incident officially has been resolved, but the fact he received his visa and traveled out of the country is an encouraging sign for the 29-year-old reliever.

The Orioles have not made an official comment on Simon and the fatal shooting, preferring to wait until the matter is resolved legally.

Phil Isaac, Simon’s U.S.-based agent, would not comment further, except to confirm that Simon is out of the Dominican and in Florida.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 7:38 PM | | Comments (1)


Alfredo: Welcome to Sarasota. Make it happen. The Orioles need another power pitcher.

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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.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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