The Orioles have declined to comment in regards to Alfredo Simon, who is currently the prime suspect in the shooting death of his cousin in the Dominican Republic. But after hearing that he was recently denied bail, it’s pretty obvious that the right-hander won’t report to spring training on time, if at all.
With that in mind, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that it’s unlikely the club will make a decision regarding Simon’s status with the team until February 26, the mandatory date for players to report to spring training. Once that day passes, the club will be able to place him on the restricted list, clearing a spot on the 40-man roster.
As you may remember from the Francisco Rodriguez situation late last season, a player does not get paid or accrue service time while on the restricted list.
Of course, Simon has bigger things than baseball on his mind right now, a sentiment echoed by his agent Phil Issac.
“Our focus right now is on the young man who is battling for his life. We don’t want to comment on baseball,” Isaac said. “At this point, our focus is on the case at hand.”