McCann back in lineup, but Simmons sits out

McCann back in lineup, but Simmons sits out

McCann back in lineup, but Simmons sits out
MIAMI -- Brian McCann returned to the Braves' lineup Tuesday, while Andrelton Simmons once again found himself sidelined.

After missing the last two games with a hamstring injury that caused discomfort in his right knee, McCann was back behind the plate and hitting seventh against the Marlins. McCann originally aggravated the hamstring in Milwaukee before it caused him to exit Saturday's game against the Nationals.

"He's going to play," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's in the lineup. He's got the hamstring, he's got the shoulder, but he's going to play. He feels good."

Gonzalez couldn't say the same for Simmons. The 22-year-old infielder jammed his left shoulder while diving for a ball in the infield during Monday's series-opening win. Gonzalez said he wasn't aware of the injury until early Tuesday, but expects it to be a day-to-day issue. He remained hopeful that Simmons would be available for Wednesday's series finale.

With Simmons sidelined, Martin Prado started at shortstop, while Jose Constanza got the nod in left field.

It's the third injury Simmons has suffered this season. He just returned to the active roster on Sept. 10 against the Brewers after missing more than two months with a fracture of his right pinky finger. Two days later, Simmons sprained his ankle while returning to second base on a pickoff attempt.

"He's over with [injuries] after this," Gonzalez said. "Everything happens in threes. We got the broken hand, the ankle sprain and this. He's good for the rest of his career."