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Braves could get Andrelton Simmons back this weekend

Sep 6, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

Darwin Barney, Andrelton Simmons AP

Rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons was hitting .296 and playing great defense when he broke his finger sliding into second base on July 8, but it sounds like the Braves will have him back for the stretch run.

In fact barring a setback while rehabbing in the minors Simmons is on track to return as soon as this weekend, according to Mark Bowman of

In his absence the Braves acquired Paul Janish from the Reds and turned to him as their primary shortstop, but he’s hit just .191 in 49 games and there’s no doubt that once healthy Simmons will reclaim his starting job.

  1. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    .191 average or no .191 average, Janish should still be the top backup once Simmons returns. He’s been an invaluable acquisition and filled the void much more effectively than a Tyler Pastornicky or Jack Wilson every could have.

    • psr179 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:50 PM

      Janish’s defense is way better than Wilson or Pastornicky. Simmons has Janish’s defense but he also can hit for a good average with some pop. This is why Jack Wilson was released last week.

  2. frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Chip – Janish HAS been invaluable and even came through with a clutch hit or 2.

    That being said, trotting Janish, McCann (hurt), and Uggla out there everyday has been like playing with 4 pitchers in the lineup for the last month.

    Rookie or not, here’s hoping Andrelton provides the same spark in his return as he did in his initial callup this year.

    • frenchysplatediscipline - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM

      And one more run against the vaunted Rox staff again today?!?!

      Forget the rehab assignment – just plug him in there NOW!

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