Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) throws out San Diego Padres right fielder Will Venable (25) in the sixth inning of their game at Turner Field. Braves won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Andrelton Simmons injures ankle; 'hoping' to avoid disabled list

UPDATE: David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Simmons is using crutches as of Wednesday afternoon, with a “hope” to avoid the disabled list while returning in 3-4 days.



Obviously, this is an unfortunate turn of events, and it will be interesting to see how this progresses as the team navigates an off-day on Thursday followed by the weekend series against the Washington Nationals, where Simmons would seemingly be unavailable.

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In the midst of what was a miserable, 4-2 defeat on Tuesday evening, the Atlanta Braves lost more than just a win-loss decision. Star shortstop Andrelton Simmons was forced to exit the game in the fourth inning as a result of an ankle injury, and as such, there is some concern about his status for the immediate future.


The 24-year-old Simmons was injured when he awkwardly covered second base during a massive Seattle rally, and he immediately exited the game in favor of Ramiro Pena. Fortunately, though, it appears as if it was potentially just a minor tweak, as Fredi Gonzalez had this to say (courtesy of Mark Bowman of MLB.com) about Simmons in the post-game:

“He’s probably going to be a little sore tomorrow. Maybe the off-day on Thursday will give him plenty of time for this weekend.”

While he hasn’t exactly been dominant offensively this season (.249/.297/.340 slash line with only 5 home runs), Simmons has managed to maintain his status as a big-time player thanks to his defense, and he has still produced 2.0 bWAR for the seaeson. Still, it has certainly been a mildly disappointing campaign for the recently-extended Simmons, and it would be encouraging to learn that this is a short-term, nagging injury.

Stay tuned.

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