MILWAUKEE -- Trying to avoid a hand injury, Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons went back to second base feet first on a third-inning pickoff attempt Tuesday night. It turns out he was overthinking things after missing two months with a broken pinkie finger.
While he protected his fingers, Simmons' awkward move resulted in a sprained right ankle. The injury kept Simmons out of the lineup against the Brewers on Wednesday, but the rookie shortstop said he felt well enough to go.
Paul Janish started in place of Simmons, who is not expected to miss more than a game or two.
"He came in today and it looks better than we suspected," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We're just going to call it day to day. Hopefully, with some treatment today and the off-day tomorrow, he can play Friday."
Though Simmons stayed in for the remainder of Tuesday's loss, the Braves were worried at one point it might have been more of a serious high ankle injury.
Brewers starter Marco Estrada tried to get Simmons on back-to-back pickoff attempts. It appeared on the first that Simmons nearly dove back before switching to a bit of an unusual feet-first move. He returned standing up on the second attempt.
Simmons said his foot got stuck in the dirt and jammed against the bag on the first slide. So, will he be going headfirst next time?
"Yeah, definitely. I'm not thinking; Whatever comes to my head first, I'm going," Simmons said. "I talked to the trainers. They said it's OK to go headfirst. I was just being cautious with everything."