Reds claim O’s reliever

Published 5:07 am Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds claimed right-handed reliever Alfredo Simon off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, looking for help in their depleted bullpen.

The 30-year-old reliever missed part of spring training with a strained groin. He was placed on waivers after Toronto scored six runs in two innings off him during a game last week.

The Reds didn’t immediately add him to the roster, which is full. Cincinnati opens the season Thursday against Miami.

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Simon saved 17 games for Baltimore in 2010. He split time between the bullpen and the rotation last season, going 4-9 with a 4.90 ERA overall.

The Reds have lost closer Ryan Madson to a torn elbow ligament. Setup man Nick Masset will open the season in the disabled list with an inflamed pitching shoulder.