June 9, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (19) runs to first in the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Turner Field. The Braves beat the Blue Jays 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was cleared by doctors to begin his three-game rehab assignment today, reports Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was cleared to begin his minor league rehabilitation assignment Monday in the first of three scheduled games over four days. He could return to action for the Braves at the earliest next weekend in New York.
The rookie shortstop, who has missed the last two months recovering from a fractured right finger, will play three games over the next four days with different squads. Simmons would normally complete his assignment with a single squad, but as today is the final day of the minor league regular season, he has to travel to two playoff games with separate teams on Wednesday and Thursday.
Beginning the year at Triple-A, Simmons was called up at the start of June after Tyler Pastornicky struggled out of the gate. Known more for his stellar glove-work, the 23-year-old Simmons held his own offensively, hitting .296/.336/.452 with three home runs in thirty-three games.
So long as Simmons does not experience any setbacks in his rehab, the Braves expect him to return to Atlanta by next weekend.