Alfredo Simon acquitted of manslaughter charges

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On New Year’s Eve, a 25-year-old man named Michel Castillo Almonte was killed in the Dominican Republic.  Orioles pitcher Alfredo Simon was arrested and jailed in the shooting, though he was later freed and allowed to come to the U.S. to pitch in advance of his trial.

He just had his trial and the jury acquitted him.  Alfredo Simon is a free man.

The theory was that Simon fired a gun into the air in revelry, with the bullet coming down and killing Almonte.  Experts testified that the bullet came from someone else’s gun, however.

Between that and the civil suit by the victim’s family being dropped earlier this year, Simon’s trials in this matter would seem to be over.

Blake Wood has a damaged UCL

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Angels reliever Blake Wood underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Wood will seek further opinions before a course of treatment is decided. Tommy John surgery is a possibility.

Wood, 32, had been on a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire and has been on the disabled list since April 22. Prior to the injury, Wood compiled a 2.31 ERA with a 10/7 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

Keynan Middleton recently underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged UCL, so it’s not been a great time to be a member of the Angels’ bullpen.