Braves missing shortstops Simmons, Janish

Braves missing shortstops Simmons, Janish

Braves missing shortstops Simmons, Janish
MIAMI -- The Braves were short two infielders for Wednesday night's series finale against the Marlins.

Shortstops Andrelton Simmons and Paul Janish were both out of the lineup due to left shoulder injuries suffered Monday and Tuesday, respectively. That left the Braves with two available players at the position: Martin Prado, who started Wednesday, and Tyler Pastornicky, who started 40 games at shortstop this season.

Simmons jammed his left shoulder while making a diving play Monday and missed Tuesday's 10-inning loss. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Simmons could be available to either bunt or pinch-run Wednesday if needed, adding that there's an outside chance of Simmons being ready to play when the team kicks off a three-game series in Philadelphia on Friday.

Gonzalez seemed less optimistic about Janish, who dislocated his left shoulder while making a diving stop on a Carlos Lee infield single in the ninth inning Tuesday. Janish wasn't with the team Wednesday, as he was catching a flight back to Atlanta so he could meet with team orthopedist Dr. Xavier Duralde on Thursday.

"We don't know anything until [Thursday evening] about the shoulder," Gonzalez said.

Janish will undergo a series of tests with Dr. Duralde to determine if he needs surgery, which would end his season, or if he just needs to rehab the shoulder and have a chance to return for the playoffs.

Janish said after the game Tuesday that he has dislocated the shoulder at least eight or nine times in the past, but was able to pop it back into the socket on his own each time. That wasn't the case Tuesday, as he needed help to get it back into place.

"When you manipulate it to go back in, that's when you can do some damage to the shoulder area," Gonzalez said. "They're going to do all the tests, whatever they got to do. He won't play for a while right now. He won't play for a while because it's significant."