The Atlanta Braves made the inevitable and unenviable move of placing rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. He injured his right hand on a headfirst slide during the Braves' win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Simmons was examined by Dr. Gary Lourie and was confirmed to have a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal bone – the bone that leads into the pinky – in his right hand. He will be in a cast for four weeks, though the injury could keep him out up to six weeks.
Simmons sustained the injury legging out a hustle double during Sunday's game, appearing to jam his hand on the bag. He has hit .296 with three homers and 15 RBIs while providing some slick defense since being called up June 2.
The Braves already have Jack Wilson on the big league roster as a backup shortstop and Tyler Pastornicky in Triple-A, but the club will not make any announcements on roster moves until Thursday.
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