Atlanta Braves rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons was cleared by Dr. Gary Lourie to begin a Minor League rehab assignment. Simmons will begin his rehab assignment on Monday with Double-A Mississippi in their final game of the season.
Simmons will join Low-A Rome and High-A Lynchburg in their respective playoff series later in the week. Simmons has been on the disabled list with a broken right pinkie finger since the All-Star break.
In his 33 games with Atlanta this season, Simmons hit .296 with a .452 slugging percentage while playing Gold Glove defense. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the best-case scenario for Simmons' return would be next weekend against the New York Mets.
"Hopefully we get at least three games, hopefully they don't get eliminated," Gonzalez said. "If everything looks good, no setbacks, hopefully, maybe next weekend."
Simmons is looking forward to rejoining the big club and feels that he is ready to play now, but he understands why he has to wait.
"I guess I've got to play to see how I'm doing and what it's like to hit in the game and field ground balls," Simmons said. "I feel like I can play now."
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