Orioles: Simon update
Here's an update on Dominican pitcher Alfredo Simon from Orioles beat reporter Jeff Zrebiec:
The Orioles still don’t have a definitive date for the arrival of right-handed pitcher Alfredo Simon, who has been detained in Dominican Republic with Visa issues. However, minor league director David Stockstill said that he is hopeful that Simon, who was a longshot to make the Opening Day roster even before his Visa problems, will arrive in camp within a week.
“He needs an annual waiver and once he has his appointment with the U.S. embassy, it takes a certain amount of time for this waiver to get processed,” Stockstill said. “Right now, we’re 12 days into this process. We’re hopeful that it’s only going to take a short amount of time. It could take a few more days, it could take another week. But t his is an annual process that most major league clubs go through. There are a lot of players in this situation.”