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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Braves Injury Update: Andrelton Simmons hoping to avoid DL

By on 8/06/2014 03:15:00 PM

Atlanta Braves shortstop, Andrelton Simmons, left Tuesday night’s game in Seattle after turning his ankle while running to cover third base, as Rose Ingberman reported. Ramiro Pena replaced the 24-year old at shortstop.

David O’Brien of wrote that manager Fredi Gonzalez said they’re hoping he will avoid the disabled list, but it swelled after removing ice last night. O’Brien stated the injury is not serious, but Simmons will likely need a couple days off and might be ready for the weekend.

This season, Simmons has a line of .249/.297/.340 with 5 home runs, 36 RBI, 3 stolen bases, 28 walks, 39 strikeouts, and a .637 OPS in 107 games. He has been one of the best shortstops in the game as he has 14 defensive runs saved, 8.2 UZR, 13.1 UZR/150, 63 OOZ, and a 13.1 defensive value.

In 2013, Simmons hit for a slash of .248/.296/.396 with 17 home runs, 59 RBI, 6 stolen bases, 40 walks, 55 strikeouts, and a .692 OPS in 157 games. He was also one of the best defenders last year as he saved 41 runs and had a 23.9 defensive value. He is an elite defender.

The Braves are trying to keep him from going on the DL as they have fallen to just three games over .500 and are 3 games back in the NL wild card race.

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