PHILADELPHIA -- Andrelton Simmons was not limited, and he impressed while taking grounders before Saturday afternoon's game against the Phillies. But the Braves determined the rookie shortstop needed to rest his left shoulder one more day before returning to their starting lineup.
"It's getting there, and he's really, really close," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Simmons has been sidelined since jamming his right shoulder during Monday's win over the Marlins. The dazzling young shortstop has played just six games since missing two months with a fractured fifth metacarpal in his right hand. He was also hobbled last week by a sprained right ankle.
The Braves will be without backup shortstop Paul Janish for the remainder of the regular season and possibly through the first couple weeks of October. Janish dislocated his left shoulder while diving to his right during Tuesday's loss to the Marlins.