NEW YORK — Rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons, nearing his return to the Braves after eight weeks recovering from a broken hand, hit a solo home run in a 2-1 playoff win for Class-A Lynchburg on Friday.
The win gave the Hillcats a best-of-three series win advanced them the second round of the playoffs. As of Friday afternoon, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was undecided whether Simmons would remain with Lynchburg for another game or two if they advanced, or rejoin the major league team in New York this weekend….
Starting pitcher Ben Sheets, on the DL with shoulder inflammation, said he felt good and was to throw a side session in the bullpen Friday at Citi Field. Gonzalez said there were no plans to return Sheets to the starting rotation for now, barring injury or a downturn in performance by another starting pitcher.
“The No. 1 thing is see how his health is,” Gonzalez said. “There’s no place to throw [in a game] after he throws a side. I guess you could throw him a rehab assignment with Lynchburg or Rome if they’re still [alive in postseason], but you don’t want to do that.
“We’ll play it by ear. It’s tough. Who knows? We’ll just take it step by step, see how he feels today and tomorrow, maybe we’ll get one of those crazy games where he can throw one inning and see how he feels.”