Reds' Price calls Simon lawsuit 'family business'

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm •  Published: April 25, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds were not talking about the lawsuit filed by a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by right-hander Alfredo Simon.

When asked on Friday how he is proceeding with Simon, Reds manager Bryan Price said "I think we'll probably just keep all that stuff to ourselves."

"That's how we'll handle that," Price said. "It seems to be more of our family business than putting that out, for me."

The woman, identified as Jane Doe, filed the $15 million civil lawsuit Thursday in D.C. Superior Court. She claims Simon sexually assaulted her in a Washington hotel a year ago when the Reds were in town to play the Nationals.

Simon (3-1) ranks third in the National League with his 1.30 ERA. He is fifth with his opponents' .172 batting average.

Simon, 32, pitched only in relief the last two seasons with Cincinnati and has been a pleasant surprise in the Reds' rotation this season. He played for the Baltimore Orioles for parts of four seasons from 2008-11 before being claimed off waivers by the Reds in 2012.

He is not scheduled to pitch in the Reds' three-game weekend series against the Atlanta Braves.

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