MIAMI – After missing two months with a broken bone in his throwing hand, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons figured injuries were behind him once he came off the disabled list a week ago.
But no. The promising rookie missed a game last week after turning an ankle, and Simmons was out of the lineup Tuesday with a sore left shoulder after landing awkwardly on a diving defensive play in Monday’s win against the Marlins. He didn’t leave the game after the play.
“I felt good during the game, then afterward it starting feeling sore,” Simmons said. “I thought it was going to go away [overnight], but woke up this morning and couldn’t lift my arm.”
He spent much of Tuesday getting treatment on the shoulder, which Simmons was told should improve quickly with rest. He hoped to be back in the lineup as soon as Wednesday.
In the meantime, the frustration was apparent as he discussed yet another injury.
“You have no idea,” he said. “It’s just hard. I don’t know what’s going on. I must be doing something wrong.”
Simmons has hit .293 with 11 extra-base hits, three homers and 17 RBIs in 39 games for the Braves, surpassing expectations offensively while playing the splendid defense that everyone who saw him in spring training expected.
“I didn’t know anything about it until today,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, who moved Martin Prado to shortstop Tuesday. “He dove for that ball. Usually that [soreness] takes a while. He dove for that ball and kind of landed funky. He’s a little sore.”
Gonzalez knows Simmons is frustrated.
“Everything happens in threes, so it’s over with, right?” Gonzalez said, smiling. “You got the broken hand, the ankle sprain and this. He’s good for the rest of his career.”
McCann back in lineup
Brian McCann returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing two games with tendinitis in his right knee near the base of his hamstring. He missed seven of the past 15 games with a frayed labrum and cyst in his throwing shoulder, and the leg injury. “He’s got the hamstring, he’s got the shoulder, but he’s going to play,” Gonzalez said. “He feels good.”
Hudson nominated for Clemente Award
Tim Hudson is the Braves’ nominee for the 11th annual Roberto Clemente Award, given to a major league player “who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.”
The Hudson Family Foundation, established by the veteran pitcher and his wife, Kim, has raised more than $650,000 for needy children and families throughout Georgia.