Simmons to begin rehab assignment Monday – updated

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was cleared to begin his minor league rehabilitation assignment Monday in the first of three scheduled games over four days. He could return to action for the Braves at the earliest next weekend in New York.

Because the minor league regular season is ending on Monday, Simmons with have to do quite a bit of traveling, playing Monday with Double-A Mississippi in Mobile and then in two playoff games – Wednesday in Single-A Rome and on Thursday in Lynchburg, Va. with the high-A Hillcats.

“Best-case scenario if everything looks good and no setbacks or anything like that is maybe next weekend,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Hopefully next weekend.”

Simmons did some hard running before batting practice Sunday to give his legs a test and took batting practice on the field with the Braves for the second straight day before getting clearance from hand specialist Dr. Gary Lourie.

“The doctor wanted to make sure he can get his legs under him and be in shape,” Gonzalez said. “The last thing you want to do is send him to a rehab assignment, his legs are out of shape and he pulls a calf muscle.”

Simmons’ gave his hand a test in the batting cage several days earlier, taking some batting practice in Gwinnett, when he got jammed by a pitch.

“It was fine,” Simmons said. “It just jammed, hurt all the way around. So it didn’t bother the hand (specifically that spot) at all.”

Simmons has used the past few days to get over his tentativeness swinging the bat.

“My first couple rounds (Saturday) I was swinging careful,” Simmons said. “…The last couple rounds, I felt good. I gripped the bat hard. I put good swings and felt normal.”

Simmons has been out since July 8 with a broken bone in his right hand. He was hitting .296 with seven doubles, one triple, three home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games when he went down.

15 comments Add your comment

yup

September 2nd, 2012
5:58 pm

Man, I’m soooo glad we got rid of Vizcaino for this guy. Why would we want a kid that’s been clocked over 100 anyway?

yup

September 2nd, 2012
6:00 pm

Talkin’ bout Maholm, sorry. Not Simba, Simba we likey.

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

September 2nd, 2012
6:11 pm

Chipper almost had that ball so I don’t blame him for not moving to his right any to get it. He knows best.

Kevin

September 2nd, 2012
7:14 pm

Why did Simmons need to make sure he still had his legs under him? Didn’t he keep running or working out while he recovered from the injury?

Harpie

September 2nd, 2012
7:20 pm

Kevin, you’re right? Why should his legs be out of shape because he’s had a hand injury? Fredi is an idiot!

Harpie

September 2nd, 2012
7:21 pm

And, if Simmons is NOT in shape, then he’s an idiot, too.

abby normal

September 2nd, 2012
7:27 pm

Too little, too late. Braves are toast (again).

HAL

September 2nd, 2012
8:56 pm

i like thses early game doom coments show how baseball dumb this blogage is

Dolton

September 2nd, 2012
9:19 pm

Hey you idiots some fans yall are if you try to talk mess about your team all you are is a fake fan and you couldn’t do what Freddie gonzales does and if you did i will be sorry for the braves because they have an idiot as a manager who doesn’t know crap and they will be DEAD last in the majors if you were and it also shows how dumb you know with spo
rts injuries you can’t do anything until your CLEARED so get your facts right before you try to talk mess about stuff you don’t know anything about dude

Quack Quack

September 2nd, 2012
11:24 pm

Simba…Look forward to your lights out ball playing. Sports Center will be glad to have you back for all the outstanding highlights.

Hope you’re back next weekend at 100%. You do a lot for our club. Thanks!!

GO BRAVES!!!

Quack Quack

September 2nd, 2012
11:26 pm

@abby normal….What do you with the other half of your empty cup?

Ralph

September 3rd, 2012
10:28 am

Kevin and Harpie – You guys stole my post, right on the money.

JUNKYARDDAWG

September 3rd, 2012
1:34 pm

Why dont you losers lay off of Fredi I’ll take him over Bobby Cox anyday of the week and twice on sundays.

Roja

September 3rd, 2012
2:28 pm

abby normal sounds like a Cubs fan every May since 1945!!

Roja

September 3rd, 2012
2:31 pm

Hal, right on the money. Those folks are why all the sports broadcasters call us the worst sports fans. Can you imagine if the Braves had not been to a world series since 1945 like the Cubs?? Yet they sell out Wrigley every game.

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