Orioles activate RHP Simon from DL; cut LHP Rapada

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- Right-hander Alfredo Simon has been reinstated from the 15-day disabled list by the Baltimore Orioles, who designated lefty Clay Rapada for assignment.

Both moves were made Wednesday. Simon, who had been sidelined since June 13 with a strained right hamstring, is 1-1 with a 3.14 ERA in five games this season.

Rapada appeared in 22 games with Baltimore, going 0-0 with a 7.30 ERA. The reliever held left-handed batters to a .114 batting average, but right-handers were hitting .692 against him.

Manager Buck Showalter said Rapada was cut because the Orioles need long relievers in the bullpen. In 23 games in June through Tuesday, only once did a starter go at least seven innings -- Jake Arrieta on June 10 against Tampa Bay.