Simmons broke his hand hustling out a double on July 8, and has gone from Mobile to Rome to Lynchburg to Winston-Salem to Milwaukee in a week. He went 8-for-25 (.320) with two doubles and two homers in his rehab stint, so he looks ready to go.
The rookie shortstop will back Mike Minor in his start against a hot Brewers team, who have 15 of their last 20 games. Minor has been equally hot with a 2.58 ERA during his last 11 starts; his ERA stood at 6.20 on July 1.
The Brewers counter with rookie Wily Peralta, who is making his second Major League start. Peralta gave up three runs over six innings to the Miami Marlins in his debut last Wednesday.
Ryan Braun (sore wrist) and Cory Hart (sprained ankle) left Sunday's game with the St. Louis Cardinals and are day-to-day, so look for the Brewers to not be at quite their full offensive potential with their big boppers being hobbled.
The Braves and Brewers last met this season from April 13-15, when the Braves swept the Brew Crew in three games.Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Mike Minor, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB