Simon to return to Dominican; Scott tries to make adjustments; Berken likely long man
Alfredo Simon will start tomorrow for Double-A Bowie, and his next outing was scheduled for May 16 with Triple-A Norfolk at Lehigh Valley, Pa. However, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Simon won't start that day because he is returning to the Dominican Republic to tend to legal matters related to his two-month imprisonment as the lead suspect in a fatal New Year's Day shooting. The Orioles are hopeful he'll be in the Dominican Republic for a only couple of days, and the plan would be for him to return and make one more start for an affiliate before possibly being promoted to the big leagues.
"I’m not going to put a lot of confidence in him being able to get right back out. It will be a moving target as far as when he pitches again, but I think you’ll definitely see him pitch again," Showalter said. "We’ll see what the Dominican authorities allow."
Showalter said that even though left fielder Luke Scott has a torn right labrum, it won't affect how he plays him too much. Scott did acknowledge that his routine is going to have to change.
"I’m a gym rat," said Scott, who has been told not to do any bench pressing or upper-body lifts. "I want to be strong in all aspects of the game, but it’s something I’m just going to have to deal with and make the most of. It’s either that or surgery, and surgery is just not an option for me right now."
The Orioles will find out Thursday whether Josh Rupe, who was designated for assignment today, clears waivers. If he does, he'll report to Triple-A Norfolk. Without him, Showalter said, Jason Berken will mostly be used in long man situations going forward. The Orioles could also stretch out Jeremy Accardo.
Nothing has changed with the Orioles' rotation. Chris Tillman will start tomorrow night, followed by Zach Britton in Thursday's series finale. Jeremy Guthrie will start Friday, followed by Brad Bergesen and Jake Arrieta.