Angels News: Andrelton Simmons’ IL stint could be short

Andrelton Simmons rolled his ankle during the series finale versus the Oakland Athletics, but he appears to be healing nicely and could rejoin the Angels soon.

It has only been four days since Andrelton Simmons rolled this ankle on the first base bag in Oakland, but the Angels shortstop appears to be recovering from the injury nicely.

Simmons, who missed the series with the Seattle Mariners, knows a thing or two about ankle injuries. This is actually the third straight season in which he has been forced to deal with an ankle sprain of some sort. Last season, he suffered a similar injury when he rolled his ankle on the front side of the first base bag against the Minnesota Twins.

In talking with the media on Thursday, including Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Simmons called upon that experience to self-diagnose himself and where he feels he is in his recovery.

“It’s not as bad as the last one for sure,” Simmons said.  “I’m pretty optimistic. I’m starting to be able to move around way better than the first two nights.”

While Simmons is still on crutches and there is still no timeframe as to when we can expect him to rejoin the Angels, the increased range of motion may mean he escaped a significant injury. For the time being, David Fletcher will continue to get the nod at shortstop until Simmons returns.

Like a majority of the Angels lineup, Simmons was off to a rough start at the plate. In 16 at-bats, he had accrued just three hits and zero walks before the injury. That said, his value has always been determined by his glove, so the Angels will be happy to get what they can from his bat.

Along with Simmons, the Angels also have Julio Teheran on the injured list. Teheran is expected to join the team next week after getting a late start due to a coronavirus diagnosis.

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