The Braves placed Andrelton Simmons on the 15-day disabled list Monday, a day after the rookie shortstop injured his right hand on a head-first slide.
An examination by team Associate Physician Dr. Gary Lourie Monday confirmed Simmons has a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal (pinkie finger). He will be in a cast for four weeks and re-evaluated after it is removed. No further timetable for Simmons’ return was announced.
According to the team, a corresponding roster move will not be announced until at least Thursday, the day before the Braves return from the All-Star break and open a home series against the Mets.
Simmons suffered the injury on a slide into second base against the Phillies on Sunday. He was X-rayed at Citizens Bank Park and wore a splint after the game. Typically, the injury can require four to six weeks to heal and even longer if surgery is required.
“Stuff happens,” Simmons said after Sunday’s game. “I’ve got to live with the consequences. It’s tough, but I can’t do anything about it now.”
Simmons has a .296 average with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games since being called up from Double-A and making his major-league debut on June 2. He won NL rookie of the month for June, after leading all league rookies in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.365) and hits (30) in his first month in the major leagues. The offense has been a bonus as Simmons has provided solid defensive play.
The Braves have veteran Jack Wilson as the backup shortstop. They also have Tyler Pastornicky, who started the season in the majors before Simmons was called up, at Triple-A Gwinnett. They might also decide to try to add a shortstop via trade before the July 31 non-waiver deadline. Braves general manager Frank Wren indicated Sunday he and his staff would make a decision over the All-Star break.
- Chris Vivlamore