Simon Activated From DL

The Orioles have activated RHP Alfredo Simon from the 15 day disabled list and designated LHP Clay Rapada for assignment.

Simon is returning from a hamstring strain he suffered while running between appearances. He had a solid 3.14 ERA over 14.1 innings with 15 strikeouts and 6 walks before getting injured. Hes able to work multiple innings and is a power arm for a tired bullpen. Orioles starters haven’t been going deep in games much at all so a guy like Rapada isn’t worth much to us right now. Hes a left handed specialist that has done extremely well in that role, left handed hitters were only 4 for 35 off of him, but he gets lit up against right handed hitters (9 for 13). His ERA was 7.30 over 12.1 innings but thats not very indicative of his value. He would be great on a playoff caliber team as a late inning weapon against lefties. Maybe someone takes a chance on him but I think he winds up back in AAA Norfolk.

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