Injury Updates on Some Orioles Pitchers
With Brad Bergesen pitching so well in his major league debut and hopes for the future of the Orioles' pitching staff flying high, Alfredo Simon and his injured arm may already be forgotten.
Simon, of course, was the team's most consistent pitcher at the end of spring training, which earned him a roster spot with Baltimore. Simon only pitched 6 1/3 innings this season and that appears to be all the Orioles will see of him in 2009 as he will have Tommy John surgery in the coming days. The ubiquitous Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery as Simon's "elbow doesn't have ligaments," to quote the 27-year-old pitcher.
In his two starts, Simon had one loss and one no-decision and had a rather robust 9.55 ERA, giving up four runs against the Yankees in his season debut and three more in his injury-shortened start against the Rangers.
It was evident something was wrong with Simon in his second start as team president Andy MacPhail noted, "he went from 94 [miles per hour] to 86 to 90, so that really wasn't going to play." So after finally getting a real shot in the majors, Simon will have a year of recovery to see if he can get back.
In better health news, Rich Hill (remember him?) is on the road to recovery from a strained left elbow and figures to pitch for Class A Frederick on Friday. Hill will start and will be on a pitch count of 60-65.
Hill, who was traded to Baltimore for a still undetermined player-to-be-named, will be a bit of a journeyman in his rehab appearances. The Orioles want to keep Hill nearby which explains his start in Frederick but also explains why Hill could be pitching for Class A Delmarva or Class AAA Norfolk on Wednesday.
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