Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
The Atlanta Braves reveal Andrelton Simmons is back in the lineup:
Tonight's lineup vs. LAD (7:10, SS//680AM/BRN). pic.twitter.com/OVYunkR38h— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 13, 2014
Updates form Tuesday, Aug. 12
MLB Lineups indicates Andrelton Simmons remains out of the Braves' lineup:
8/12 @Braves lineup vs LAD Bonifacio SS La Stella 2B Freeman 1B J. Upton LF Heyward RF Gattis C Johnson 3B B. Upton CF Minor P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) August 12, 2014
Mark Bowman of MLB.com indicates Simmons' expected return date:
Fredi says Simmons' ankle was a little sore today. Simmons ran before today's BP and he's still aiming to be in tomorrow's lineup— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 12, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reported on Andrelton Simmons' injury:
Andrelton also ran on the field a little while ago. If he’s not ready tomorrow, Fredi hopes he could be good to go on Wednesday. #Braves— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) August 11, 2014
Andrelton (If he expects to play tomorrow): “I’m pretty optimistic. I expect to be in there today but I don’t make the rules” #Braves— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) August 11, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the latest:
Fredi Gonzalez doesn't expect Andrelton Simmons to play this weekend. #Braves— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) August 8, 2014
MLB Lineups reveals Simmons still isn't ready to play:
8/8 @Braves lineup vs WAS B.J. Upton CF La Stella 2B Freeman 1B J. Upton LF Heyward RF Gattis C Johnson 3B Pena SS Santana P— MLBLineups (@mlblineups) August 8, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Andrelton Simmons' injured ankle:
#Braves Simmons on crutches, Fredi G said they're hoping he'll avoid DL but it swelled after stopped icing it last night— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) August 6, 2014
Losers of six straight, the Atlanta Braves' bad luck continued Tuesday night, as shortstop Andrelton Simmons was forced to leave the game after twisting his ankle against the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning.
The team's Twitter feed had the details:
The Braves eventually clarified Simmons' injury:
Andrelton Simmons suffered a left ankle sprain in tonight's fourth inning. He is listed as day-to-day and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) August 6, 2014
David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution added more detail on Simmons' injury:
#Braves Simmons injury not serious, but likely to rest ankle tomorrow with off day Thursday, to be ready for weekend.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) August 6, 2014
As he was moving over to cover third base following an RBI single from Logan Morrison, Simmons accidentally stepped on the corner of the bag. It's the kind of injury where you'll have to wait and see how it reacts overnight before knowing the severity, but it was clear he was in immediate pain.
This is the last thing Atlanta needs right now.
Simmons, hitting just .249/.297/.340 on the year, isn't a major threat at the plate, but he is unmatched in terms of defensive ability at shortstop. Root Sports' Brad Adams put it simply:
Simmons tweaks ankle on 3rd base and leaves the game. Bad break for Braves. Best fielding SS in league.#BradA— ROOT SPORTS™ | NW (@ROOTSPORTS_NW) August 6, 2014
Ramiro Pena replaced Simmons, and if the Braves are going to turn around their recent skid and keep pace with the Washington Nationals in the NL East, they'll need their star 24-year-old back as soon as possible.
It's not just a blow for the Braves, either. Simmons, one of the most exciting young players in the league to watch play defense, is good for baseball. Hopefully this isn't anything serious.