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Andrelton Simmons has a broken pinkie finger

Jul 8, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

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Bad news for the Braves heading into the break: a break. In shortstop Andrleton Simmons’ pinkie finger, that is.

Simmons did it when he slid into second base in the fourth inning of today’s game against the Phillies. Technically speaking he has been diagnosed with a fracture of the fifth metacarpal on his right hand.

Simmons, a righty, has been a bright spot in an otherwise bad month or so for the Braves. The 22 year-old rookie has hit .296/.336/.452 while playing stellar defense.  But now he’s broken.

No word on how long he’ll miss, but you have to figure a shortstop isn’t gong to be able to throw with a broken finger on his throwing hand.

  1. nps6724 - Jul 8, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    David Wright fractured his right pinky April 9, 2012 and only missed 3 games. With the break, he maye be able to come back without missing any time.

  2. planck16 - Jul 8, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    Oh no a pinky! Guess 3-Finger Brown could never throw a ball again. There is little use for a pinky in throwing. Now batting and running the bases may differ, but I don’t see him missing more than a week.

  3. cranbery - Jul 8, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    Will keep him in my prayers………impressed with his great plays and work ethic. He is such an asset to the Braves!

  4. townballblog - Jul 8, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    That really is too bad, he was having a great year so far. A def. improvement over Patornicky.

    That said, someone has to print and frame that picture.

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