Simmons might play Sat., but Janish out 2-4 weeks

PHILADELPHIA – Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was out of the lineup Friday for a third consecutive game since straining his left shoulder, as team officials decided to err on the side of caution with the rookie standout.

“He’s going to hit [during batting practice] and field some groundballs,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said before Friday’s series opener against the Phillies. “We’ve really got our fingers crossed for [Simmons to play Saturday]. He’s progressing just like we wanted him to, and the thing that [head trainer] Jeff [Porter] wants to avoid is if he dives again, to relapse. But we’re progressing well. It’s doing good. Just being cautious.”

Simmons hurt his non-throwing shoulder while making a diving defensive stop in Monday’s game at Miami. He played the rest of the game, but the shoulder stiffened overnight and he hasn’t returned to the lineup since.

With backup shortstop Paul Janish also sidelined since dislocating his left shoulder Tuesday, versatile left fielder Martin Prado made his third consecutive start at shortstop on Friday.

Janish returned to Atlanta to have his shoulder examined by Braves orthopedist Xavier Duralde on Thursday. Gonzalez said the only update he had was that Janish would be out a minimum of two weeks and possibly three or four. He said the Braves hope he can avoid surgery and rehab the shoulder in time to be ready for potential postseason play.

Pitching announcement to come

Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell have discussed potential postseason pitching plans for the past two days, and Gonzalez said he could have an announcement this weekend regarding a possible adjustment to the rotation in order to line up his starter for an expected wild-card play-in game Oct. 5.

Gonzalez said this week that phenom Kris Medlen or veteran Tim Hudson would start that game. Hudson has the big-game experience, but the Braves have won 21 consecutive starts by Medlen, who is 8-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 10 starts since moving from the bullpen to the rotation.

“You’ve got to go with the guy you think is going to give you the best chance of winning a baseball game,” said Gonzalez, who left it at that.

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least of the east

September 21st, 2012
8:25 pm

that’s one of the few decisions Fredi has made that makes sense.
or maybe someone else told him to narrow it down to Medlen or Hudson
possibly he was leaning toward Hanson (who is having another unimpressive start tonight)
maybe Sheets should take his rotation spot for at least 1 turn

VinceVanGo

September 21st, 2012
8:35 pm

For my money Hanson shouldn’t even be on the playoff roster, that would be a wasted spot.

VinceVanGo

September 21st, 2012
8:35 pm

For my money Hanson shouldn’t even be on the playoff roster, that would be a wasted spot.

Tommy Hommer

September 21st, 2012
8:42 pm

The way that Hanson pitches I really wonder if he has shoulder trouble. His fastball seem at max is 92but a mostly 90 and he seems to be inlove with off speed pitches which really tend to hurt your arm more so than throwing your fastball.I think that if the braves continue to use Hanson that means Ben Sheets is worse off that Tommy is. We need a 3rd pitcher and its not Tommy.

the truth...

September 21st, 2012
9:07 pm

Three more dingers from Homer Hanson again tonight……….Surely he will not be used in the post season if there is any ability to think in the management at this point….

On another note, the little guy that everybody trashes day to day on these blogs….Georgie….(Constanza) has driven in half the runs we have tonight…………

………one more than Chipper, Freddie, Prado, Uggla or Bourn or Heyward…..

BravesfaninAugusta

September 22nd, 2012
12:27 am

BravesfaninAugusta

September 22nd, 2012
12:29 am

Ok that worked…. Meds in WC game or save him for Game 1? Tough call

Willy

September 22nd, 2012
8:04 am

After Medlen Minor has been the most effective starter in the second half.

Heisenberg

September 22nd, 2012
9:59 am

Not sure why Fredi & Roger need to discuss it for 2 days. Just have them read this blog. We have already solved this problem. 2 options:
1) Flip Medlen/Maholm next starts.
2) Skip Hansen next time around

Either moves Medlen up a calendar day setting him up to pitch the WC game. After last night, I suspect many would vote option 2. How about a poll?

Heisenberg

September 22nd, 2012
10:06 am

Until an official poll can be put up with radio buttons to click, here is an unofficial one. How should Braves adjust rotation for WC game?

1) Flip Medlen/Maholm next starts.
2) Skip Hansen next time around
3) Leave as is and let whoever’s turn comes up pitch
4) Other

I will cast first vote: #2

labalt

September 22nd, 2012
11:56 am

wow..shortsop is starting to be like being a keyboard player for the Dead

bitman

September 22nd, 2012
3:01 pm

#2 with a small variation: skip him permanently.

Cracker

September 22nd, 2012
4:19 pm

Which would you rather have, a play-in game with Medlen continuing to pitch as he has–which is historically significant–or Hudson giving up 2 or 3 in the 1st and counting on this sporadic offense to catch up. Or worse, using the 3rd best pitcher, and who knows who that is, in order to “save” Medlen and Hudson for the series against (probably) the Nats. What good does it do to set up the rotation for a series the Braves might not even get into? As Chipper says, this play-in game is “stupid.” But it must be played, and it must be won before anything else matters. Pitch Medlen.

David O'Brien

September 22nd, 2012
4:20 pm

Chipper’s 1st-inning single moved Braves 3B past Lou Gehrig into sole possession of 58th place on career hits list (2,722). Needs two hits to match Roberto Alomar for 5th on hits list for switch-hitters.

David O'Brien

September 22nd, 2012
4:22 pm

Freeman is now 7-for-15 with 3 HRs off Halladay, and Chipper is 11-for-21 with 3 HRs off him

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