Skip to content

Andrelton Simmons could begin rehab assignment Tuesday

Sep 1, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

Andrelton Simmons AP AP

Andrelton Simmons has been sidelined since July 8 due to a fractured right pinkie finger, but it looks like he’ll be able to rejoin the Braves for the stretch run.

According to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Simmons was cleared by hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie to begin all baseball activities and could begin a minor league rehab assignment as soon as Tuesday. Triple-A Gwinnett’s season ends on Monday, so the Braves will likely send him to either High-A Lynchburg or Low-A Rome, who are both headed for the playoffs. Barring any setbacks, the rookie shortstop could be activated by the middle of this month.

Simmons, 22, was batting .296/.336/.452 with three home runs, 15 RBI and a .788 OPS over his first 33 games in the majors prior to the injury. Jack Wilson was released yesterday, which is a sign that the Braves intend to rely on Paul Janish and Simmons at shortstop the rest of the way.

Featured video

Who are the favorites for Rookie of the Year?
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. R. Castillo (3700)
  2. Y. Molina (3387)
  3. J. Soler (3131)
  4. D. Ortiz (2425)
  5. B. Colon (2390)
  1. D. Wright (2286)
  2. S. Doolittle (2133)
  3. Y. Darvish (2115)
  4. R. Cano (2050)
  5. T. Lincecum (2044)