03/31/12 11:07 AM ET
Orioles place reliever Simon on waivers
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
"I mean, I know the situation here is a little tough. They feel like they don't have any spot for me, I understand that," Simon said Saturday morning. "Just see what's going to happen, if another place is going to pick me or not."
Simon believes he will get claimed by another team, which is likely given his power arm and ability. He has struggled to establish consistency, but it's a safe bet another team would take a chance on him. If he isn't claimed, Simon will become a free agent.
"I'm not really surprised," Simon said. "I didn't think they were going to put me on waivers but I understand [executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette] has a lot of pitching and the guy they need to put in the rotation and everything. So, I [will] just wait for the next three days and see what's going to happen.
Simon went 3-8 with a 4.96 ERA in 16 starts for the O's last season, and he was one of a dozen starting candidates in O's camp this spring. A groin injury that caused an early exit March 18 seemingly took him out of the running for anything but a long relief role. Simon allowed six runs over two innings in his first outing back since the injury on Wednesday. Simon said Saturday he feels fine physically. He is still tentatively slated to throw three innings in a Minor League game on Sunday.
"It's been getting better and I feel really good to pitch," he said. "I'm good right now. I just am tryng to get healthy and see what happens. ... So I have to wait and see what's better for me."
Duquette said Friday night the waiver process is confidential and confirmed in a text message that Simon is still "on the roster."
Technically, that is true. Simon is still on the team's 40-man roster and will be until he is claimed by another team or clears waivers, with the latter an unlikely scenario. With Simon out, the team could use Chris Tillman in that long man role or stretch out one of their other relievers, with left-handed relievers Troy Patton and Zach Philips as other options.
The O's are expected to add two non-roster players to the 40-man before Wednesday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, in catcher Ronny Paulino and Nick Johnson. Placing Simon on waivers opens one spot.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.