Simon reveals he’s been hurt all season

Following the Detroit Tigers 2-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox Friday night, Tigers starting pitcher Alfredo Simon revealed that he has been pitching hurt all season long.

“I’ve been pitching hurt all year,” said Simon. “My knee is not 100 percent. I don’t want to go on the DL because I want to throw 32 games, so when I go to free agency I won’t hurt my career. It was hurt all year. But I keep pitching no matter if I pitch good or not. I thank God I was able to finish strong.”

Simon is set to be a free agent at the close of this season, and it is expected that the Tigers will not bring back the 34 year old. Simon does not expect to have surgery on his knee in the offseason, though with his description of the injury, it seems like it would be warranted.

“Sometimes I feel I cannot pitch, but I don’t want to go on the DL,” he said. “I have to handle the pain, put it in my head strong and go. It’s tough. I lose my velocity sometimes because my knee hurts.”

Simon was wildly inconsistent this season. After getting off to a strong start, he floundered for much of the remaining 5 months of the season. Velocity was Simon’s biggest issue, and a left knee injury (landing foot) could be the explanation for that.

It is unclear if the training staff knew of the injury, though that seems like an injury that would be hard to hide.

Simon finished 2015 with a 13-12 record and 5.05 ERA.