Report: Preliminary forensics test could clear Alfredo Simon in shooting

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Take this news with a grain of salt, but Alfredo Simon’s lawyer told CNN tonight that a “preliminary forensics test” could clear the pitcher in the shooting death of 25-year-old Michael Esteban Castillo.

“The ballistics tests have been favorable,” lawyer Carlos Olivares told CNN in a telephone interview. “We are waiting for the formal report.”

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com heard similar information from Simon’s agent, who added that the bullet doesn’t match Simon’s gun.

If true, this would absolve Simon in the shooting, which also wounded Castillo’s 17-year-old brother, but Dominican police have expressed skepticism about the report. Sgt. Hermosin de los Santos with the Preventive Police in Puerto Plata told CNN it’s still “very early” and that such cases usually take six months to investigate fully.

Simon is expected to remain in police custody while the Forensic Sciences Institute in Santo Domingo collects and reviews further ballistics evidence.

Shelby Miller likely to make season debut on Monday

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The Diamondbacks announced that the club optioned starter Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno after Tuesday night’s game. According to Nick Piecoro of Azcentral Sports, Shelby Miller will likely be activated from the 60-day disabled list to start against the Marlins on Monday.

Miller, 27, has been out since late April of 2017 after undergoing and rehabilitating from Tommy John surgery. The right-hander has had a rough time since coming to the Diamondbacks in a trade with the Braves, starting 24 games since the beginning of the 2016 season with a 5.78 ERA and a 90/54 K/BB ratio in 123 innings.

That trade, consummated on December 9, 2015, is certainly one the D-Backs would like to take back. They received Miller and Gabe Speier from the Braves and gave up Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, and Aaron Blair.

Koch, 27, made 12 starts and one relief appearance this season, compiling a 4.40 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings.