ATLANTA -- Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who has been on the 15-day disabled list since the All-Star break with a broken right pinkie finger, was cleared Friday night for all baseball activities beginning Saturday by Dr. Gary Lourie. Simmons has been eager to get back on the field since he was injured and said he can now see a light at the end of the tunnel.
"It was a big relief," Simmons said. "I've been getting stalled so much and I was ready to do stuff. I understand why they were trying to be careful. But me being me, I'm ready to go."
Simmons will be examined by Lourie again Sunday, and if he is again cleared, will begin a rehab assignment Tuesday. Simmons doesn't yet know where he would rehab, but it would either be with low Class A Rome or high Class A Lynchburg, both of which will be opening the playoffs.
With Simmons out, Paul Janish has taken over as the Braves' starting shortstop. Janish was acquired in a trade with the Reds after Simmons' injury and has played excellent defense in his six weeks in Atlanta.
Simmons said Janish has been great in his absence.
"He's been playing terrific defense," Simmons said. "I've got to make sure I'm at the top of my game when I get back, because it's going to be a tough show to follow."