Simmons could begin rehab assignment Tues.; Wilson released

The Braves gave two pretty good indications Friday that shortstop Andrelton Simmons is progressing well in his recovery from a broken right hand – he was cleared by hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie to begin all baseball activities – and they released veteran reserve Jack Wilson.

Simmons got a good report after being X-rayed and examined by Braves Lourie Friday, who will re-examined him again Sunday. If all goes well, he will likely head out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment beginning Tuesday.

“He’s making real progress,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said before Friday’s game. “We’re encouraged by how he’s progressing.”

Triple-A Gwinnett’s season ends on Monday so the Braves will likely send Simmons either to Single-A Lynchburg or low A Rome, both of whom are headed for the playoffs. The Braves have been targeting a possible mid-September return for Simmons, who is now eight weeks removed from fracturing his fifth metacarpal sliding into second base.

Simmons had spent the past few days playing catch, taking groundballs and taking live batting practice at Gwinnett.

“(I stunk) in bp but feeling good,” Simmons said. “Just waiting for games now. Physically I felt good. It didn’t bother me at all. That’s great news, and the doc said it looked good.”

Paul Janish has started 43 of 46 games in Simmons’ place and leads National League shortstops with a .995 fielding percentage since the All-Star break. Between his play, and Simmons progress, Wilson became expendable. Rather than add Wilson when the rosters expand Saturday from a minor league rehabilitation assignment, they released him.

“As we looked at our roster, we didn’t see a role for Jack,” Wren said. “It made the most sense to go ahead and make a decision now.”

On the one-year anniversary of his trade to Atlanta from Seattle, Wilson said his goodbyes at the Braves clubhouse on Friday afternoon and took the news like “a straight pro,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Wilson has been on the disabled list since July 14 after dislocating his pinky finger. He’d gone 3-for-16 in five games for Gwinnett over the past week. Wilson, 34, hit .169 in 40 games for the Braves overall this season.

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David from Athens, AL

August 31st, 2012
7:13 pm

Wishing the best for Jack!


August 31st, 2012
7:32 pm

You knew this was coming for Jack. No room and No need for him!


August 31st, 2012
7:34 pm

Hey Carroll, is there still a place on the new AJC Braves webpage where we can view the local writers’ twitter posts? I have not been able to find it since the new design launched.


August 31st, 2012
8:03 pm

Wilson … last year he was in for his first ever postseason game until the Braves went into a tailspin. Then he gets hurt at the most inopportune time this year.

Hopefully there is a playoff contender out there that needs a utility player.


August 31st, 2012
8:30 pm

Good luck Jack! We need to remember he had Tyler P at his home to help develop him even knowing he was playing behind him. Yes his hitting was bad but he tried to help the team anyway he could. You can find a lot of guys in the league you can’t say that about like Handley Ramierez and many other overpaid whiners!

John Adcox

August 31st, 2012
8:55 pm

Too, too bad. You’d think, since the Braves are paying him anyway, there would be use for a September bench guy to pinch run or play late inning D, right? Since there isn’t a 40 man issue? Or is there now with the two pick ups? In any case, good luck and thanks, Jack. I hope we’ll see you coaching in the system some day soon.

Citifield Jones

August 31st, 2012
9:13 pm


August 31st, 2012
9:29 pm

Enter your comments here2 black holes in the line up right now. Michael Bourn and McCann. Both need a week off!


August 31st, 2012
9:32 pm

Carroll, What happens on a player’s pay in a situation like JW’s? I’m guessing he was released with pay, simply to make room on the roster. Would I be right guessing like that?

YoungerThan ThatNow

August 31st, 2012
10:05 pm

Larry… he had a guaranteed contract, so his pay will continue just like he was playing.

Jack Wilson is a pofessional in every sense of the word. We happened to catch him on the downhill side of his career when most guys see their offense take the first hit, but his defense has always been there and he did what he was brought to Atlanta to do. Best wishes to Jack!


August 31st, 2012
11:23 pm

Anyway Hinske can go with him?


September 1st, 2012
12:05 am



September 1st, 2012
12:12 am

My question for all the coaches out there: Can a major leaguer be taught to hit? I’m wondering if Janish spends all winter with Walker can Walker teach him to hit? Or is it too late to teach someone his age and habits to hit for a high enough average to warrant keeping on the major league roster? He may never have power but would love to see his glove given a chance at another position on the infield when Simmons comes back. But no one can we keep him in the bigs if he can’t hit.


September 1st, 2012
8:06 am

Jack Wilson has ALWAYS been nothing but class – I wish him all the luck in world & hope he can land somewhere & help out somebody else down the stretch.


September 1st, 2012
8:28 am

I feel very sorry for Jack Wilson but that is the sad part about being a pro athlete. I was always impressed with the way Jack supported the team from the dugout when he was on the DL. Good luck Jack.


September 1st, 2012
8:34 am

Minor and Hanson have got to go


September 1st, 2012
9:29 am

I sure hope they do not rush Simmons. Janish is doing just fine.


September 1st, 2012
10:18 am

Congratulations to Jack Wilson! He is and has alway’s been a true pro. He deserves better than to be associated with this bunch of unpassionate stiffs. Here’s to hoping he land on a real professional team.

GT John

September 1st, 2012
11:48 am

Thanks for your contribution, Jack, and being a professional about your release. Best wishes for you and your family.

HOF 10

September 1st, 2012
12:43 pm

Tina, all baseball managers eventually get their walking papers, unless they die in office. I am sure Fredi will take his like a pro.

It was a good bet that at his age Wilson would have a good year or two left. Just didn’t happen.

KYBravos' fan

September 1st, 2012
1:53 pm

I agree totally with others on Jack Wilson. A real pro. Someone said he was on the down side of his career. This is true. However, he’s always been a great teammate who is a real team first player. I concur with others who’ve said thanks, Jack, for your many on the feld and behind the scenes contributions. A good guy and a true ball player. I don’t know what he’ll eventually do, but he’d be great as a coach. Understands the game totally and gives of himself.

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Denny Lemaster

September 1st, 2012
4:01 pm

They would improve by releasing Ugla, moving Martin to 2b and putting 70 year old Rico Carty in LF.

Tommy Dew

September 1st, 2012
6:39 pm

Jack Wilson, you’re one of the good guys. I appreciate your effort and humility over the last year. You’ve had a great career and I wish you the best.


September 2nd, 2012
3:49 am

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September 2nd, 2012
12:55 pm

Hit the road Jack and don’t you come back no mo, no mo ,no mo,no mo….HA

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