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Unexpected Starter Named for Spring Training Opener Against Cleveland Indians

February 25th, 2014 at 12:52 PM
By Cody Dalga

With the opening game of Spring Training just a day away for the Cincinnati Reds, manager Bryan Price finally named a starter, and it may come as a surprise to many.

Alfredo Simon, who has been a consistent long-reliever for the Reds the past two season will get the nod for Wednesday.

"We do know we're short one starter right now without Mat [Latos]," Price stated on Monday. "We have to look really hard at the guys that are next in line. If we were to have any setbacks possibly where Mat wasn't ready to start the season, we have to look at the group that we have here, which would include Simon. He's got a starter's background. He's got a very durable arm, so we want to look at him in longer stretches. We know he can pitch out of the bullpen."

'Alfredo Simon' photo (c) 2011, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/Although he has made his living in Cincinnati pitching from the bullpen, Simon made 19 starts with the Baltimore Orioles in three season with the team. He seems to be ready for the challenge.

"If they need me to be a starter, I'm ready to go," Simon said.

Due to numerous injuries to the pitching staff, Simon appeared in a career-high 63 games last season posting a 6-4 record and a 2.87 ERA. Coming off a good year, he sounds confident in the opportunity at hand.

The Reds take on the Cleveland Indians Wednesday at 3:05 EST. Follows Reds 101 on twitter (@Reds_101) for coverage of Spring Training. 

Tags: Alfredo Simon, Baseball, Bryan Price, Cincinnati, Cincinnati Reds, MLB

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