Simmons working his way back to Braves

Simmons working his way back to Braves

NEW YORK -- Andrelton Simmons has made it known that he would like to return to the Braves' lineup during this weekend's series against the Mets. The rookie shortstop strengthened his case when he homered in the fourth inning of Class A Lynchburg's 2-1 win over Wilmington on Friday night.

Lynchburg's victory clinched the best-of-three series to determine the Northern Division champion in the Carolina League. It will begin a best-of-five series against Winston Salem on Saturday to determine the league championship.

After Friday night's 3-0 win over the Mets, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he did not know if Simmons would join the Atlanta roster on Saturday. Simmons has been sidelined since breaking his right pinkie finger while sliding head first into second base on July 8.