Andrelton Simmons Injury: Updates on Braves Star's Ankle and Return

Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 5, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13

The Atlanta Braves reveal Andrelton Simmons is back in the lineup:

Updates form Tuesday, Aug. 12

MLB Lineups indicates Andrelton Simmons remains out of the Braves' lineup: 

Mark Bowman of indicates Simmons' expected return date:

Updates from Monday, Aug. 11

Kevin McAlpin of 680 The Fan reported on Andrelton Simmons' injury:

Updates from Friday, Aug. 8

David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has the latest:

MLB Lineups reveals Simmons still isn't ready to play:


Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6

David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Andrelton Simmons' injured ankle:


Original Text

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:

David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution added more detail on Simmons' injury:

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: 

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.