The Atlanta Braves were without shortstop Andrelton Simmons when they took the field for their series finales against the New York Mets on Thursday night. Simmons is dealing with a jammed wrist, just one night removed from making one of the most ridiculous plays you will ever see.
Before we proceed to talk about said wrist injury, we are obligated to watch the aforementioned play:
As for the details on the injury that kept him out Thursday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports the following:
Simmons jammed his right wrist when he tripped after being tagged out at the plate during the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game. He played the remainder of the contest, but experienced more discomfort when he attempted to swing the bat and make throws during Thursday’s batting practice.”
It sounds like it is only a minor ding, but the Braves are wise to play it safe with Simmons this early in the season so that the injury does not turn into something more serious or something that lingers. In the long run, Simmons’s ability to throw baseballs and hit baseballs will have a lot to do with how serious the Braves are as contenders in the National League East and potentially beyond.