Alfredo Simon is going to trial


Orioles’ pitcher Alfredo Simon had been released from prison and allowed to come to the United States to pitch, but he’s not out of the woods in connection with the New Year’s Eve shooting death of Michael Castillo. To the contrary: he’s going to trial.

That was the determination at a preliminary hearing today.  No trial date was set, though the article suggests that it usually takes about two months between the sort of hearing that occurred today and trial.  In the meantime, Simon is free to come back to the U.S. where he will continue starting for the Orioles’ AA affiliate.

Reds claim Kennys Vargas off waivers from Twins

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The Twins’ Dustin Morse announced on Thursday that the Reds claimed first baseman Kennys Vargas off waivers. The Twins had designated him for assignment last Friday.

Vargas was a man without a spot on the Twins’ roster as he has only played first base and DH, but the club has Joe Mauer and Logan Morrison for those spots. The Reds aren’t much better as Joey Votto lays claim to first base and there is no DH in the National League. Vargas switch-hits and has some power, so he will presumably provide that off the bench for the Reds.

Across parts of four seasons in the majors, Vargas has hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 home runs and 116 RBI in 859 plate appearances.