Simmons cleared for action in series opener

Simmons cleared for action in series opener

Simmons cleared for action in series opener
ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons returned to the Braves' lineup on Friday night after proving his mobility would not be limited by the right ankle sprain he suffered in Tuesday night's loss to the Brewers.

While taking ground balls and running the bases before batting practice on Friday, Simmons did enough to convince Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to put him back in the lineup. The 23-year-old shortstop was activated from the disabled list on Monday after missing a little more than two months with a fractured fifth metacarpal on his right hand.

Simmons sprained his ankle as he returned to second base during Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada's pickoff attempt on Tuesday night. The rookie shortstop's foot got stuck in the dirt as he suddenly stopped himself from attempting a head-first slide that might have led him to reinjure his hand.