Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon, who hadn’t pitched since March 10 because of a strained groin, re-aggravated the injury and came out of his start Sunday night after two innings.
Simon said he didn’t believe the injury is serious and that he hopes to make his next start, though he estimates he could miss a week. But with just seven innings thrown this spring, he is falling behind the competition for the rotation and/or a potential long-relief role.
“I'm not sure about that. I'm going to be ready as soon as I can,” Simon said. “I don't think it's that bad. It's not going to take me that long to get ready. I'll see what happens.”
Simon said he was fine after facing three batters in the first, but labored in the second, which is when he felt the groin pain. He told the coaching staff after the inning and was replaced by Luis Ayala. Simon allowed one run, two hits, one walk and one hit batter while throwing 32 pitches (19 strikes) -- about half of what he was supposed to throw.
“They asked me if I hurt myself a little bit, and I said, ‘Yes,’” Simon said. “I feel strong. But in the second inning I tweaked my groin, so I stopped, and they're going to see what's going on.”