"It was something that would have slowed me down a little bit yesterday," Simmons said. "I feel good right now and I'm ready to go."
Last year, Simmons tied a Major League record for defensive wins above replacement at 5.4 and helped the Braves finish sixth in defensive runs saved. Manager Fredi Gonzalez exhaled a sigh of relief with Simmons back without any major complications.
"Tuesday night, [Evan] Gattis scratched and Simmons comes out of the game," Gonzalez said, "and you're going, 'Oh boy.'"
Gattis went 1-for-4 Wednesday night after straining his wrist during batting practice Tuesday and sitting out that game. He started again Thursday, catching and hitting fifth.
Steven Petrella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.