Alfredo Simon closing, but not for long
So what happened in Baltimore? First, new acquisition Mike Gonzalez, the obvious closer, got hurt. Ground baller Jim Johnson, who saved 10 games last season after George Sherrill was traded, didn't pitch well and got demoted to Triple-A. Potential closer Koji Uehara, extricated from the rotation, got hurt. Hard-throwing prospect Kam Mickolio didn't get much of a chance and preceded Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk. Who's left? Cla Meredith and Matt Albers are still Orioles, but Simon, by virtue of a few decent weeks in Triple-A, vaulted everyone. He's the closer. The two saves on his ledger say so.
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