Atlanta Braves shortstop, Andrelton Simmons was removed from the game in the bottom of the sixth inning and replaced by Ramiro Pena. Simmons lined out to right field in the top of the sixth. Fredi Gonzalez then took his young infielder out of the game between innings.
Simmons has been ailing an ankle inning and a shoulder injury and now you can add a hip injury to that mix.
“No, it was related to his hip,” Manager Gonzalez responded with when asked if he was removed because of the ankle. “It wasn’t because he was over swinging or his ankle, he just couldn’t stay on his left leg there. He did it three times in all three of his at-bats. So I finally said I’m going to get him out of there before it becomes something bad.”
In all three at-bats that Simmons had on Tuesday, viewers of the game took to Twitter to show how he kept “over-swinging”. We’ve seen Andrelton swing out of his shoes for a few years now but this time it could have either led to an injury or be because of the injury to the hip.
“He’s an aggressive swinger and if you look up his two at-bats before that, he did the same thing – he fell down,” Fredi said after the game. “He just couldn’t stay on his leg.”
The injuries seem to be mounting for Simmons so the Braves may decide to sit him down for a few games…or maybe until at least until Cincinnati (Thursday).
“I talked to Bubba (Jeff Porter) after the game and it’s a muscle,” Fredi said post game. “We have to stretch him and do treatment and hopefully get him back in the lineup tomorrow.”
Andrelton has appeared in 112 games this season for the Braves and has a slash line of .251/.297/.345. He’s a Gold Glover who makes a glaring difference when he’s on the field. To lose him for any amount of time would be a hinder for the Braves.
“Just the last day or two,” Gonzalez said when asked how long this has been bothering Simmons. “We’ll evaluate him and hopefully it’s just day-to-day. If theres any reason to hold him out, we’ll hold him out.”
The Braves do have Pena and Philip Gosselin that could fill in for Simmons at short if he does have to miss any amount of time.