Shortstop Andrelton Simmons is progressing well in his recovery from the broken bone in his right hand and is expected to be out of his cast in one more week.
Simmons was examined Friday by specialist Dr. Gary Lourie and told he should be out of his cast next week, at the four-week mark they projected.
“I was hoping for no cast at all,” said Simmons, who was X-rayed and fitted for a lighter, more comfortable cast on Friday. “But the doctor said we need one more week to make sure it gets calcified and stuff.”
Simmons would begin rehabilitation exercises shortly thereafter. He said he’d like to be back after about a week back doing baseball activity, including minor league rehabilitation games, though that’s probably pushing it from the Braves’ point of view.
Simmons has been antsy since shortly after he broke his fifth metacarpal, the knuckle of his pinkie finger, Sunday, July 8 in Philadelphia. He’s been staying in shape by running, and he’s even taken some one-handed swings.
“I think they don’t want me to do it,” Simmons said, with a smile. “I’m telling you, I did my best to not do too much. I’m getting to my limit where I’m about to take (the cast) off myself …It’s annoying. But it’s good now.”