Andrelton Simmons‘ absence from the Atlanta Braves lineup is a concern for the team, both at the plate and in the field. The slick-fielding shortstop jammed his wrist on Wednesday against the New York Mets, and has been out of the lineup since.
But the Braves are (cautiously) optimistic about a quick return for their young star, and expect to have him back sooner rather than later.
According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Braves’ manager Fredi Gonzalez said that Simmons received treatment for the injury and was optimistic that he would not be out long. “Hopefully (we’ll) get him back during the weekend, if not tomorrow,” Gonzalez said after Thursday’s game.
Obviously that hope didn’t materialize, as Simmons was out of the lineup again on Friday against the Washington Nationals, although he was on hand to pick up both his Gold and Platinum Glove awards (see above photo).
On the bright side, Simmons’ replacement, Ramiro Pena, did smack a 3-run homer in the second inning. Still, with a player as important as Simmons, every day without him is a day for concern.