15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 2 days ago

Simmons (thumb) has resumed light baseball activities but he remains "weeks away" from a return to the Angels, manager Mike Scioscia told MLB.com on Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

According to Angels' beat writer Alden Gonzalez, Simmons has begun taking dry swings, playing catch, and taking grounders. However, he remains in the early stages of his rehab program as he recovers from a serious thumb injury. Late June still appears to be on the early end of Simmons' return timetable, but it's encouraging nonetheless that he's resumed participating in light baseball activities.

15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 2 weeks ago

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that Simmons (thumb) could return in six weeks in a best-case scenario, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Six weeks seems optimistic given the extent of the injury -- Simmons was diagnosed with a full-thickness tear of the UCL in his thumb -- but the Angels are holding out hope that Simmons could return before the end of June. Veterans Cliff Pennington and Brendan Ryan will share the workload at shortstop in the meantime.

15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 2 weeks ago

Simmons (thumb) was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It was only a matter of time, as Simmons is slated to undergo thumb surgery and will be out for the foreseeable future. The Angels traded for Brendan Ryan earlier Tuesday, so a combination of him, Cliff Pennington, and Johnny Giavotella figure to hold down the fort at shortstop while Simmons is out.

15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 2 weeks ago

Simmons will undergo thumb surgery and subsequently land on the disabled list, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

What was initially believed to be a wrist injury was clarified as a sprained left thumb in the aftermath of Sunday's game. However, after Monday's MRI, it was revealed that Simmons is dealing with a "full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of his left thumb." With a lengthy DL stint expected, Cliff Pennington is in line for extended run at shortstop, with occasional nods from Johnny Giavotella.

15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 3 weeks ago

Simmons was removed from Sunday's game due to a sprained left thumb, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Simmons will have an MRI performed on the region during Monday's off day, which will determine the extent of the injury. If he requires a respite, Cliff Pennington and Johnny Giavotella would be the likely candidates to fill in at shortstop.

15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 3 weeks ago

Simmons left Sunday's game due to an apparent wrist injury, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Simmons attempted a diving stop on a ground ball that was headed for the gap, but injured his wrist in the process. After going 0-for-1 at the plate, he'll be replaced in the contest by Johnny Giavotella. Consider Simmons day-to-day until the Angels provide a status update.

15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 4 weeks ago

Simmons went 2-for-4 with a run scored in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The four-year veteran is starting to build some momentum back upat the plate, now carrying a modest four-game hitting streak, with multiple hits in two of those games. The current success follows a brief 0-for-10 slump over a three-game set against the Mariners, and has Simmons line up to an improving .253/.270/.333 over 87 at-bats.

15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 1 month ago

Simmons went 1-for-3 with his first homer of the year Wednesday against the Royals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

There can't be many fantasy owners invested in Simmons at this point, especially considering how little of a resurgence he's managed over his first 22 games with Anaheim. The 26-year-old shortstop makes a ton of contact, but his power has faded to near-zero levels since his 17-homer 2013 season, he has no speed to speak of, and he has trouble maintaining a high BABIP. That's not a very appetizing fantasy package.

15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 1 month ago

Simmons will move up to the two hole for Wednesday's game against the White Sox, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Simmons is getting on base at just a .278 clip this season, so it speaks to the Angels' lack of quality options in the No. 2 spot in the order that he will be given a shot there. This gives him a slight uptick in value as there should be more at-bats and better pitches to hit in front of Mike Trout, but Simmons still has plenty of flaws as a hitter.

15DAndrelton Simmons SS LAA 1 month ago

Simmons went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI in Monday's win over the White Sox.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Simmons has quietly racked up an 11-game hit streak and is now hitting .275/.275/.333. Unfortunately, in nine of those 11 games, Simmons recorded only one hit, and eight of those were singles. Simmons has just a .360 slugging percentage for his career and hasn't show much power outside of 2013, a season in which he hit 17 home runs that looks more and more like an abberation every year.