By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
3:29 PM EDT, April 3, 2012
Former Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon, who was placed on waivers on Friday, was claimed by the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday afternoon.
There was little doubt that someone would claim Simon, who throws in the upper 90s and could be either a starter or reliever. And the Reds, who lost closer Ryan Madson for the year to Tommy John surgery, could use added bullpen help.
Simon entered the spring as one of a dozen candidates competing for a starting rotation spot and started in the Orioles’ first spring training game, but he missed nine days after tweaking his groin during a night start March 18 against the Yankees.
In his first appearance back last Wednesday, Simon allowed six runs in two relief innings. He was placed on waivers within 48 hours of that appearance.
Simon was 4-9 with a 4.90 ERA last season in 23 games (16 starts) last season.
Additionally, the Orioles have assigned right-hander Pat Neshek to minor league camp. He pitched nine scoreless innings over 10 spring appearances.
Outfielder Jai Miller also cleared waivers and was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.
The Orioles now have 27 active players in camp. The 40-man roster is at 38 and will be full when the Orioles add infielder Nick Johnson and catcher Ronny Paulino.
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