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May 10, 2011

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.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 4:53 PM | | Comments (15)


Hey Jeff,

I'm a little confused why I keep hearing that Scott's injury will only effect his throwing. I'm no doctor and I've never torn a labrum, but it seems that an injury to the front shoulder could really impact a hitter's swing and at the very least make him uncomfortable up there. Have you heard any concerns along those lines?

Jeff Z's reply: Scott has actually said that it affects his swing a little bit. However, he's been dealing with it all season and he's been pretty productive offensively recently.

So we have a power hitting left fielder whose bad shoulder is irritated by throwing and isn't allowed to maintain upper body strength in the gym. Does anyone else see an issue here? "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!"


Any insight why Rapada made the cut over Rupe? Are lefties really that infallible? I thought Rupe's last outing was the deciding factor - 3.2 one-hit innings in mop-up duty.

They've both been awful, but Rapada just seems totally hittable.

I suppose it's all moot once Matusz returns - seems to me Bergy will inherit the long-relief duty.

Jeff Z's reply: A couple of things come to mind: One, there is such an absence of left-handed relievers who can actually get left-handed hittes out and I think the club feels that there is a much better chance that Rapada gets claimed than Rupe does. Second, I think the Orioles felt that with their upcoming schedule, having another lefty in the bullpen was important. The Mariners have Ichiro, Cust, Smoak and Figgins are switch. The Rays sometimes run out a lineup with six or seven left-handed hitters. Boston obviously has Gonzalez, Crawford, Ortiz, Drew, etc.

"moving target" - good one, Buck

How do we know that Scott did not get a forged doctor report about his alleged shoulder injury? I just don't buy his story and want more proof.

I saw Scott in tonight's game toss a throw to the fans in the left field seats after a final out in one of the innings. It looked like he was hurting.

Louis...the difference is Scott isn't President.

"How do we know that Scott did not get a forged doctor report about his alleged shoulder injury? I just don't buy his story and want more proof."
Posted by: Louis Bisasky | May 10, 2011 9:18 PM

LOL!!! That's funny.

And don't try to spring some hand-written note on us, Lukey Boy! We want the full length, long-form, doctor signed, notarized version that has been validated by at least two government agencies. Preferably NSA and FBI.

This situation makes the Vlad signing even crazier. We would have been better off with Luke as DH and Reimold and Pie in LF.

With hardy's OBP he should be batting 2nd also.

I don't understand why we don't bat Pie #2 and move Markakis to #3. Put Lee down in the order. Pie is about the only one who seems enthusiastic to play. He is much better in left than Scott. His batting average is higher. We need more speed at the top of the order. We are failing at warp speed and BS changes nothing.

How about moving Andino in to play 3rd base for the sub .190 hitter Reynolds and agree with the Pie' move too........

CurlyC, Barack Obama wouldn't be president either if his birth certificate was a fake. Could the republicans as a party and we as a nation really be that dumb? A person holds the highest office in the land, in the richest, most powerful, technologically advanced nation on earth, and his birth certificate is FAKE? If you don't like Obama do something about it in 2012. But in the meantime, get over it.

This just in.... Luke did forge his doctors' report. Instead of just a torn right labrum, Scott also broke his left arm, contracted lung cancer, removed his left leg due to diabetes, and we got this quote,
"I'm doing fine. I'm about 90% right now, and will be back to norm in about a week."
....Somebody's got to slow this kid down...

any chance jhosh bell will be back in the mix at third once they realize reynolds will never hit?

Jeff Z's reply: Yes, he'd be in the mix.

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