Simmons out of lineup with ankle sprain

Milwaukee – The Braves had to go two months without Andrelton Simmons at shortstop because of his broken right hand, and two games into his return he sprained his right ankle.

Simmons was out of the lineup in Wednesday’s series finale against the Brewers. But the Braves feel like they caught a break because at the end of the game Tuesday night, Braves trainers thought Simmons had a high ankle sprain. Only after he was examined Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park did they determine it was only a minor sprain, and Simmons should be back in the lineup Friday against the Nationals.

“We dodged a bullet,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Ironically, the play happened on a pickoff attempt at second base in the third inning, when Simmons was trying to get back to the base feet first, instead of his natural head-first move. Simmons broke his fifth metacarpal sliding head-first into second base on a hustle double July 8 in Philadelphia.

“I was leaning my front shoulder,” Simmons said. “And I was like ‘No, I can get there feet first’ and just got tangled up.”

While the Braves have encouraged Simmons to slide feet first, they’re OK with head-first moves on quick reaction plays like pickoff attempts and told him so.

Simmons stayed in Tuesday night’s game with the help of adrenaline, but said his ankle started bothering him again late in the game and might have affected him on the groundball Aramis Ramirez beat out for an infield hit, which helped to start a three-run seventh inning.

Simmons woke up Wednesday, feeling “a lot better,” he said, though he couldn’t help but be frustrated to be sitting again.

“You try not to think about it but yeah, I want to be out there,” said Simmons who went 2-for-3 on Tuesday.

Gonzalez said he was thinking about getting Paul Janish into the lineup Wednesday anyway. He was 5-for-8 with two doubles and two RBIs against Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo.

Gonzalez had just told Janish when Simmons returned to the lineup on Monday to be ready, just in case, saying “My young shortstop plays with his hair on fire so be ready. Don’t shut it down. Simmons could go out the first day, try to turn a double to a triple and roll an ankle.”

Pretty prophetic.

“Maybe I jinxed him,” Gonzalez said Wednesday.

10 comments Add your comment


September 12th, 2012
7:36 pm

Tape that S#$T up


September 12th, 2012
7:57 pm

Looks like you have “jinxed” the whole team actually FG!!!!!!

Biff Pocoroba

September 12th, 2012
9:46 pm

Playoff tickets went on sale today. Too bad that they will be usless thanks to Fredi and his idiot lineups. This team is done and everyone has apparently quit.


September 12th, 2012
10:12 pm

I like Simmons but he’s so fragile.

Frank Shab in PA

September 12th, 2012
10:26 pm

Please add another sterling chapter to El Foldo 2012. 8 runs in an inning. WOW. What chance do we fans have? Really the manager keeps trotting out the leadoff man hitting .228 in the second half. Cmon! This is insanity!
You keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect a different result!
Just like last year. Derek Lowe 0-5 in september with an ERA of 8.75. Afrer the third start sit the guy down.
OK so your not gonna sign Bourn good. But for Christ sakes sit him down! Don’t let him kill the season. Make some changes! Then he and Boras can have a little chat as they ponder his future as he sits on the bench.
Another El-Foldo just like last year. Come September and some better opposition the Braves fold up like a cheap suit.
The Fightin Phils are gonna take the Wild Card right from them just like an adult takes something from a child.
They’ll be up here in Philly from the 21st thru the 23rd I, have my tix. It’s gonna be like a wake for the Braves.
You’ll see


September 12th, 2012
10:49 pm

C’mon Simmons — are you a china tea cup or a Braves soldier?

Ridiculous…. I suppose he’s working on becoming a professional chronically hurt player. We’ve seen that kind plenty before.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

September 12th, 2012
11:19 pm

Where are all those folks that were saying “OMG, STOP SLIDING HEAD-FIRST!” after Simmons injured his metacarpal? Uh, yeah, this is why you slide in head-first. As a runner, you ALWAYS slide head-first on a pick-off attempt! It’s the quickest and most efficient way to get back to the bag.


September 13th, 2012
7:03 am

The one bullet the Braves have been unable to dodge is having Fredi G. as manager.


September 14th, 2012
3:47 am

can you say…CHOKE!!!!


September 14th, 2012
11:44 am

Can you say…. WAHHHHHHHHHHHH! Go away little pusssie armchairs…. tiddlywinks would be more your speed….

CC, are you dumb or just plain stupid?

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