Simmons ready to have pinkie cast removed

Simmons ready to have pinkie cast removed

ATLANTA -- Shortstop Andrelton Simmons said his right pinkie, which was broken sliding into second base July 8 against the Phillies, is healing as expected and hopes to have his cast removed next Friday.

Simmons has been getting progressively smaller casts in the three weeks since the injury and was fitted with another new one when he visited the doctor Friday. When Simmons will be able to return to action, however, still isn't known. Simmons said he doesn't expect to need much rehab once his final cast comes off, but he hasn't been told what to expect.

"Hopefully I don't have to do too much rehab to start playing," Simmons said. "I don't know how many days that's going to take, but hopefully it's not that bad."

Simmons said he has done a lot of running and leg exercises since the injury. He said he has tried to be patient as his pinkie heals, but he is nearing his breaking point.

"I've done my best not to do too much," Simmons said. "But I'm getting to my limit where I'm about to take this off myself."

In 33 games since being called up at the beginning of June, Simmons is hitting .296 with a .452 slugging percentage.