Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon, who hasn’t started a big-league game since April 14, 2009, was used in relief in the sixth inning Sunday, meaning he likely won’t be making Tuesday’s spot start against the Oakland A’s.
That assignment looks like it will fall to Chris Jakubauskas, who threw two scoreless innings of relief on Friday. Jakubauskas hasn’t started since April 24, 2010, when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates. That start ended with his 12th pitch, when Houston’s Lance Berkman hit a line drive off Jakubauskas’ head.
He didn’t pitch again for the Pirates.
He’s been in five games with the Orioles this year, all in relief. He is 0-0 with a 6.39 ERA, allowing 18 hits and six walks in 12 2/3 innings pitched.
Simon replaced Jeremy Guthrie to start the sixth. Guthrie allowed nine hits, including two homers, three walks and six runs in five innings.