Simon to start on Wednesday
Reds manager Bryan Price announced that RHP Alfredo Simon, a reliever the past two seasons for the club, would start the Cactus League opener vs. the Indians.
Simon is being viewed as a potential rotation candidate, should Mat Latos and his left knee not be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
“We have to look really hard at the guys that are next in line,” Price said on Monday. “If we were to have any setbacks possibly where Mat wasn’t ready to start the season, we have to look at the group that we have here, which would include Simon. He’s got a starters background. He’s got a very durable arm so we want to look at him in longer stretches. We know he can pitch out of the bullpen.”
Simon, 32, is coming off a strong 2013 season where he posted a 2.87 ERA in a career-high 63 appearances. He upped his profile in the process going from long man to a late-inning reliever in bigger situations.
Price said Simon would be stretched out this spring for starting. They can decrease the workload later if it surfaces he wouldn’t needed to start.
More to come later …