Mike Gonzalez and Jim Johnson have both been injured most of the season so the O’s called up 29-year old righty reliever Alfredo Simon and they started pitching him in the 9th inning and he is responding well so far. Simon has pitched in 8 games for the Orioles this season and he is 0-0 with 5 saves, a 0.00 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. He will need to start throwing more strikes to keep the closer’s job as he has walked 5 batters in only 8 innings this year but he has 9 whiffs so he does have the stuff to succeed. This is coming as a bit of a surprise as Simon pitched in 6 games (3 starts) for the Orioles in his first two years with them in which he was 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. The Orioles really hope that Simon keeps up the good work because they can’t afford to be giving any games away.