Simmons has cast removed, no timetable for return

Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

The cast is off but Braves doctors are not about to give Andrelton Simmons a timetable for his return.

“They don’t want to tell me because they know I’m going to rush it,” Simmons told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with a big smile Friday.

The rookie shortstop has been out since July 13th with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal (pinkie finger) on his right hand. Simmons had a hard cast removed Friday and is now wearing a removable split that will allow him to being rehabilitation. Simmons said he has begun easy range of motion exercises in his wrist and fingers.

“It’s not 100 percent healed yet,” Simmons said. “It’s pretty close where I can start moving around and getting my range of motion back and hopefully in a couple of days it will be completely healed and I can start really squeezing and really get working on my strength.”

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, with complete rehab and a minor-league assignment, it would still be several weeks before Simmons could return to the lineup. That would put a return near the end of August or beginning of September.

In 33 games from his call up on May 31 until the injury, suffered sliding into second base, Simmons hit .296 (34-for-115) with three home runs and 15 RBIs. He was also a steady defensive presence.

- Chris Vivlamore

41 comments Add your comment

Old devil

August 3rd, 2012
5:38 pm

Tonymission

August 3rd, 2012
5:39 pm

“Several” weeks?? Sure hope not.

bruce

August 3rd, 2012
5:53 pm

practice feet first sliding please

Dtrainwreck

August 3rd, 2012
5:58 pm

…awesome blog

BravesWin

August 3rd, 2012
6:01 pm

You can tell this kid is chomping at the bit to get back, but he shouldn’t be rushed through rehab. His skills are too good and we need him back strong, even if it means waiting until September.

Don

August 3rd, 2012
6:18 pm

The fifth metacarpal is not the pinky finger itself, but the bone inside the hand leading to the pinky. It is a hand fracture thus the cast and not a finger splint.

luvthosedawgs68

August 3rd, 2012
6:27 pm

Take your time Andrelton!!! Make sure the hand is completely healed. Plenty of time for you to make an impact in the last 4-5 weeks.

Joey M

August 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm

As good as we are, when Simmons comes back we will be even better. I’m glad they are taking their time. When a bone doesn’t heal right, they have to rebreak it. When they do that, you get more calcification. Pastornicky and Janish are filling in admirably.

ChipperisGod

August 3rd, 2012
6:42 pm

Andy, can’t wait for your return! Take your time, we are holding down the fort, and once you are at full strength we will be even better!

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birdo

August 3rd, 2012
6:58 pm

Janish is filling in very well and has started hitting a little. What has Pastornicky done for us? Oh yea he hit a home run a couple games ago. Janish is the real deal, keep him send the others on down. Oh , wait, just send Wilson away. What has Wilson done for us lately?

birdo

August 3rd, 2012
7:03 pm

With the defense that Janish is playing and now hitting better, there is not a lot of difference between him and Simmons. Just a slight edge to Simmons. (speed, a little more bat). Janish will make up the difference with his glove. He will save us a run every other game.

ATLcracker

August 3rd, 2012
7:11 pm

Steady ? defensive presence? Understatement alert.

Tomahawk Mafia

August 3rd, 2012
7:15 pm

I believe he was more than a steady defensive presence. He was the best short stop in the National League.

Rowsdower

August 3rd, 2012
7:27 pm

If he doesn’t break his hand he wins NL ROY.

Bravessuck

August 3rd, 2012
7:56 pm

Braves suck. Just sayin.

Hoss10

August 3rd, 2012
10:38 pm

Yeah “steady defensive presence” is the understatement of the year! Simmons is the best defensive shortstop in the majors!

HAL

August 3rd, 2012
11:03 pm

the last time somone on here said nl roybook it it was the train wrech called heyworthlesss where did he fininish 18th ,41 / last well thats where he should have finnished

Quack Quack

August 3rd, 2012
11:08 pm

@Hoss10,,,Amen!! Don’t rush. You’re a future Hall of Famer. We want you back at 100%.

Great game bravos. Nice 100th win for Hudson!!

GO BRAVES!!…….Sweep Sweep Sweep

Lobosolo

August 3rd, 2012
11:08 pm

No HAL, Heyward finished 2nd… Not only would I bet that he is a much better person than yourself, but I’d bet he has a better grasp of writing, spelling, etc., etc… What is it, Bub? You get off by making childish comments that depict you as an incognizant whiner?

Quack Quack

August 3rd, 2012
11:10 pm

@Bravessuck……Didn’t you use to be MetsRBest?? Ha Ha Ha ;-)

NickGranite

August 3rd, 2012
11:11 pm

Wilson seems like a good guy but let’s face it, his services are no longer required. You have 2 SSs now that hit better (Janish and Pastornicky) and one who fields better (Janish)….and then Simmons is coming back. When it washes out, Andrelton Simmons will be back in the starting line-up with Janish as a back-up.

xixifenigen

August 3rd, 2012
11:22 pm

Hal… seriously?

the truth...

August 4th, 2012
12:31 am

@Hal

You are a red neck.

Hmmmm

August 4th, 2012
3:12 am

hope it’s like Joe and the guys said a week ago or so, that he’ll be ready in time for that big Nats series in a few weeks. “Several weeks” is about when that series is, do the rehabbing the week of the 12-18th, then back in the lineup that upcoming Monday

Teddy B

August 4th, 2012
7:58 am

I completely broke that bone before, it was crazy it looked like another knuckle in the middle of my hand…and it’ll be a while until he gets back 100%. I know he had a fracture not clean break like me, but still that area was tender for a good while. Plus when I punch people errr….hit stuff now it still gets sore from time to time.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
8:12 am

An-Drel-ton, you da’ man, keep heel’n up. O’l Janish been keep’n the spot hot for ya, been a cool customer cover’n til you get back. Andrelton Janish show brings consistency. Not too many teams can say that. Janish, you’ve brought it man, glad to have ya. Feel’n good about the team. Keep the Bravo Mojo Roll’n. Bravessuck = jealous or feel’n da’ heat, just sayin.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
8:15 am

‘How bout those Marlin’s comin’ back in the nightcap against those All-powerful nats. Way to go Josh! Ya’ll do it again Fish! 2gms in the rear-view mirror.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
8:19 am

@QuackQuack; I bet it is, bless his Li’l Heart, He’s jealous & feelin’ the heat. Ouch!

TIRED OF THE "1st" B.S.

August 4th, 2012
10:55 am

Hey Old Devil, I don’t care who’s first on these blogs—and you did not even make a comment.
Please go away.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
11:25 am

I’m a goin’ on all the blogs to say I’m one FIRED UP Bravo Fan! FW, I’ve given you heck up to now, & consider’n what you’ve been dealt, I’m feel’n like you do what you can, & try’n to make wise moves, I want to prop you up for a change. It was pretty shrewd, I mean you didn’t sit in dempster’s lap wait’n for him to say yea or nay, like other GM’s. & you didn’t drink the grienke cool-aid either, that was shrewd. So I’m prop’n u up fw, keep up bein’ a shrewd negotiator, & I heard it from The Book, “Be wise as serpents & harmless as Doves. Be’in wise is big frank, & I believe like alot others who would re-iterate, Maholm & Johnson was key & shrewd. Swag on! Bravo Co.

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
11:29 am

Alot of you Bloggers mak’in good reads man, ya’ll gett’n me Fired up for this Bravo Co.! Keep em’ roll’n1

74bravesjersey

August 4th, 2012
11:31 am

Dang, error again as usual, finger slipage.”roll’n”!

Bro

August 4th, 2012
11:46 am

For once the Braves need to be smart. Do not rush him like they did B-Mac last year. It only hurt the team and cost a number of wins. Brain in gear people.

Quack Quack

August 4th, 2012
2:47 pm

@74bravesjersey…Right on. A lot of us always want to bad mouth about how this team is run, but FW really pulled one off this time. Of course time will tell, but I for one BELIEVE we are on the way, Oh yeah, FW way to scout those little league games!! ;-)

Watch out Gnats, we’re climbing up your back…..

GO BRAVES!!!

curdawg

August 4th, 2012
3:38 pm

Simmons as a “steady defensive presence” is like calling Greg Maddux a usually effective pitcher.

Rob

August 4th, 2012
4:58 pm

Birdo, take your negative crap bad mouthing Wilson somewhere else. Why don’t you say nothing like your mama should have taught you. So don’t say anything if you have nothing to say. Wilson was brought to the braves to be a role model for the kids. That’s all!

CRMAC300

August 4th, 2012
6:52 pm

Somebody find a way to block Bravessuck. What an idiot. Why bother to sign on to this blog. Go be a Mets fan. You sound like a New Yawker!

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