With the Nationals and Braves set to begin their second series of the 2014 season Friday night, Atlanta could be without one of their best players.
Shortstop Andrelton Simmons is nursing a sore wrist that kept him out of Thursday's game against the Mets. He suffered the injury after jamming his wrist on a tag play at home on Wednesday. Simmons remained in the game after colliding with Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, but was sidelined the next day.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Simmons is unlikely to play Friday night, and that Ramiro Pena could get the start. Pena is a veteran of six MLB seasons, but there will certainly be a drop-off.
Simmons is not only the best defensive shortstop in the game, he is also formidable at the plate. He's hitting .321 this season with nine hits in eight games. In the Braves' first series against the Nationals he had hits in all three games, including a double and one RBI.
Mark Bowman of MLB.com says Simmons is likely to return either Saturday or Sunday.
Fredi said there's a possibility Simmons will play tomorrow. But his tone indicated Saturday or Sunday would be more likely.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) April 11, 2014