Starter Alfredo Simon returns to Reds on 1-year deal

March 17, 2016

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Right-hander Alfredo Simon has returned to Cincinnati on a 1-year deal, giving the Reds another option for their depleted rotation.

Simon spent three years with the Reds, the first two as a reliever. He moved into the rotation in 2014 and went 15-10. The Reds traded him to Detroit for infielder Eugenio Suarez, and he went 13-12 with a 5.05 ERA for the Tigers in 31 starts.

Injuries have left the Reds with several open spots in the rotation. Homer Bailey isn't expected back until May as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. John Lamb had back surgery and won't be ready for the start of the season. Michael Lorenzen was diagnosed with a sprained ligament in his right elbow and is sidelined indefinitely.