Shea Simmons says he is on track to return. #Braves
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) August 8, 2014
Andrelton Simmons was removed from Atlanta’s game on Tuesday after injuring his left ankle while covering third base. He is in an air cast, but the team believes his ankle has improved over the past few days.
The Braves will likely evaluate Simmons on Monday before making a final decision about a possible stint on the 15-day disabled list. Ramiro Pena has been starting at shortstop in Simmons' absence.
Atlanta is slipping and can’t afford to be without the star young shortstop for long. Simmons has hit .249/.297/.340 this season, but is also widely regarded as the best defensive shortstop in the majors.
Shae Simmons was placed on the disabled list on July 29 with a right shoulder strain. He did some light throwing last Tuesday and is on track to return soon.
The 23-year-old was promoted straight from Double-A in early June and has pitched well in the majors. Simmons has a 2.91 ERA (3.14 FIP) and has struck out 23 batters in 21.2 innings.
Atlanta’s bullpen struggled during the team’s recent eight-game losing streak, but has a solid 3.11 team ERA for the season.
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