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Jack Wilson Released by Atlanta Braves, Andrelton Simmons Nears Rehab Assignment

August 31st, 2012 at 11:13 PM
By Cody Fields

One year to the day of the Atlanta Braves acquiring shortstop Jack Wilson, they released him as reported by

Wilson had been placed on the 15-day disabled list July 15 with a dislocated pinky finger and was close to returning, but the club couldn't find a role for him in September with the acquisition in July of Paul Janish.

"As we talked, we didn't see a definitive role," Frank Wren said. "It's hard in September when you don't see that role."

Wilson was filling in for the injured Andrelton Simmons, who broke his hand the day before Wilson was injured, when he was injured on a bad hop on a grounder.

Fredi Gonzalez said that Wilson took the news very well.

"He was fine," Gonzalez said. "He's a pro."

Wilson played in 57 games over the 2011 and 2012 seasons for the Braves. Mostly known for his defensive skills, Wilson hit .188 while playing shortstop, second base and third base.

Speaking of Simmons, he took live batting practice and some groundballs at Turner Field before the Braves' game with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. reports that Simmons had an X-ray done by Dr. Gary Lourie and got a good report. If all is well after another evaluation on Sunday, he could begin a rehab stint on Tuesday. Because Triple-A Gwinnett's season ends Monday, Simmons will likely report to Advanced-A Lynchburg or Single-A Rome, who are both going to the playoffs.

Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Jack Wilson, MLB

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