Simon likely to relieve for O's once activated

Simon likely to relieve for O's once activated

BALTIMORE -- Right-hander Alfredo Simon is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and added to the Orioles' 25-man roster as part of the team's bullpen.

The most likely scenario involves the Simon as a long reliever, and -- although he is stretched out to be a starter -- that will be a function of how the rotation performs over the next few days.

Simon, who is currently on the restricted list, pitched in three games with Double-A Bowie and posted a 3.38 ERA in 16 innings. The Orioles worked out an agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association that allowed Simon to go on a rehab assignment that was similar in length to the weeks of Spring Training that he missed.

Simon tossed six scoreless innings in his final 83-pitch outing against Richmond on Tuesday night, and the team's deadline to make a decision with him is Saturday. If Simon is not added to the roster -- an unlikely scenario -- he would have to clear waivers to go to the Minor Leagues.

Simon was the lead suspect in a New Year's Day shooting in the Dominican Republic, and The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that Simon will stand trial for that case. According to the AP, it can take two months for that date to be set, and Simon can pitch for the Orioles in the interim.

Used as the O's closer for parts of last season, Simon went 4-2 with 37 strikeouts and a 4.93 ERA.