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Alfredo Simon returns to the Reds on 1-year deal


The Cincinnati Reds have signed starter Alfredo Simon to a one year deal.

This is a reunion for Simon and the Reds, as the righty spent three years in Cincinnati. Originally a reliever, he moved into the Reds rotation in 2014 and won 15 games. Cincinnati traded him to Detroit before the 2015 season. His year with the Tigers was not as successful. He went 13-12 with a 5.05 ERA for the Tigers in 31 starts, which worked out to an ERA+ of 78.

The Reds are probably the best possible location for Simon. In addition to his past success there, there are jobs to be had. Homer Bailey is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, John Lamb is down and Michael Lorenzen was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right elbow recently. Simon could definitely get some starts on the rebuilding Redlegs.

Bronson Arroyo confirms that he has a “significantly torn” rotator cuff

Washington Nationals' Bronson Arroyo pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Washington Nationals pitcher Bronson Arroyo was reported yesterday to have a torn labrum. Today he confirmed a shoulder injury but says it is a “significantly torn” right rotator cuff. The difference of which I’m sure is important to Arroyo and his doctors but for our purposes both may as well be career-ending.

He says he’s not ready to call it a career just yet, but it’s hard to see a 39-year old dude who hasn’t pitched since 2014 coming back off yet another major surgery. A shoulder surgery no less.

Cardinals take gay ex-player’s allegation ‘very seriously’

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ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals said they’re taking allegations that a gay minor-league pitcher abandoned baseball because of homophobia “very seriously.”

Tyler Dunnington, whom the Cardinals selected in the 2014 draft, told in a report published Wednesday that he heard derogatory comments from college coaches and later unidentified teammates in the pros. He said that “each comment felt like a knife to my heart.”

General manager John Mozeliak told The Associated Press in a statement Thursday that he’s “very disappointed” to learn about the 24-year-old’s experiences, adding that “our hope is that every player, staff member and employee feels they are treated equally and fairly.

“Given the nature of these allegations I will certainly look into this further as well as speak with Billy Bean of the Commissioner’s office for further assistance on this matter. … We will take this very seriously,” Mozeliak said.

Dunnington spent most of the summer after he was drafted with the Cardinals’ rookie-level affiliate in the Gulf Coast League, a team based in Jupiter, Florida. He said he felt uncomfortable revealing his sexual orientation to the Cardinals and retired a year ago before spring training for “my own sanity.”

Dunnington, who was 3-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 18 games as a reliever, told the website that he should have worked to “help change the game” and that quitting “isn’t the way to handle adversity.” Dunnington didn’t immediately respond to an email from the AP.

In 2013, Major League Baseball established a policy prohibiting players from harassing or discriminating against other players based on sexual orientation. Bean, baseball’s Ambassador for Inclusion, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he’s sought out Dunnington to discuss and understand his experience, though Bean said there was “no precedent” for an investigation of this nature.

Dunnington told the website that in one conversation, a Cardinals teammate mentioned he had a gay brother. Dunnington said that after “some supportive talk,” two other teammates questioned how someone could be friends with a gay person and “even mentioned ways to kill gay people.”

“This is something that reminds me I have a lot of work to do, and it’s a challenge,” said Bean, a former big leaguer who publicly revealed in 1999 that he is gay and joined the commissioner’s office a year later.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he had been told about the allegations and that the team would “try to figure out ways so they can have an atmosphere where they can be as good as they can be.”