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Brian McCann Returns, Andrelton Simmons Out of Lineup with Sore Shoulder

September 18th, 2012 at 8:18 PM
By Cody Fields

Whenever the Atlanta Braves get someone back from an injury, they can't help but have someone else miss time with some kind of ailment. Brian McCann finally returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Miami Marlins, but Andrelton Simmons was out of the starting lineup due to a sore shoulder.

Simmons injured his left shoulder when he dove for a groundball while on defense during Monday's win. He didn't have to leave the game, but the discomfort increased overnight.

“I felt good during the game, then afterward it starting feeling sore,” Simmons told Dave O'Brien. “I thought it was going to go away [overnight], but woke up this morning and couldn’t lift my arm.”

After getting the shoulder treated much of Tuesday, Simmons was informed that his shoulder would simply get better with rest. He is hopeful that he can play again Wednesday, but he was quick to voice his frustration with his third injury this season after missing two months with a broken hand, missing a game with a sprained ankle and now this.

“You have no idea,” Simmons said. “It’s just hard. I don’t know what’s going on. I must be doing something wrong.”

Simmons was expected to only provide flashy defense at shortstop for the Braves, but he has hit .293 in 39 games.

One of the men who has been expected to produce big offensive numbers and has struggled with several injuries is McCann, who missed the last two games with tendonitis in his right hamstring. With the tweaked hammy and his frayed shoulder labrum with a cyst, McCann has missed seven of the Braves' last 15 games.

Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, MLB

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