Simon expected in Florida
Phil Isaac, the agent for pitcher Alfredo Simon, said today that the reliever will arrive in Florida this afternoon. An Orioles' official with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Simon is expected to be in the United States shortly, though he offered no further details.
The right-handed reliever is currently on Major League Baseball's restricted list. He was recently released from a Dominican Republic prison on bail as he awaited word on whether he'll be charged for a New Year's Day shooting that killed one man and injured another.
Simon hasn't been totally absolved for the incident. However, he has been able to secure a Visa which allowed him to travel to the United States.
Simon was granted bail by an appeals court in the Dominican Republic on March 3. He had been incarcerated since January 3.
It's far too early to speculate about his availability, but he'll obviously begain a throwing program here and begin preparing for the 2011 season.