Braves to welcome back Simmons on Monday

Braves to welcome back Simmons on Monday

NEW YORK -- Rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons will rejoin the Braves on Monday with the hope that he can prove to be the spark that he was before his promising rookie season was derailed by the fractured right pinkie finger he sustained on July 8.

Simmons is scheduled to play with Class A Advanced Lynchburg in the Carolina League best-of-five championship series against Winston-Salem on Saturday and Sunday. He will travel to Milwaukee and be activated for the first game of the series against the Brewers.

"When he arrives here, I don't think there will be any restrictions," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Given that Simmons had been sidelined for nearly two full months before he was cleared to begin playing rehab games at the start of this past week, the Braves wanted him to spend a few more days strengthening his legs in these Minor League games. He played in Double-A Mississippi's regular-season finale on Monday and for Class A Rome in the first game it played during the South Atlantic League playoffs.

Simmons played with Lynchburg on Thursday and Friday. His fourth-inning home run helped the Hillcats clinch the Carolina League's North Division championship on Friday night.