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Simmons (hip) is back in the lineup Wednesday vs. the Pirates.

Simmons was pulled out of Tuesday's blowout of the Pirates late in the game after complaining about a sore left hip, but his placement back in Wednesday's lineup suggests his removal was only precautionary. He'll slot into the lineup at shortstop and bat second in the order.

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Simmons exited Tuesday's game with a sore left hip, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Simmons went 1-for-3 with two runs scored before leaving. The Braves held a large lead at the time of Simmons' departure, so it's possible his removal was only for precautionary purposes. More information on the extent of his injury should be available prior to Wednesday's game.

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Simmons (mouth) is back in the lineup Saturday against the A's.

As expected, Simmons will return to face right-hander Sonny Gray on Saturday after having two teeth removed Friday afternoon. Simmons has been battling an ankle injury this week and it's possible he could receive another rest before the team's next off day Aug. 25.

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Simmons (mouth) is expected to return to the lineup Saturday after having two teeth extracted Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

There was some hope that Simmons might play after the procedure Friday night, but that did not come to fruition. Simmons has been recently shelved by an ankle injury, so the extra day off came at a useful time for the young shortstop.

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Simmons received treatment for an abscessed tooth Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez left the door open for Simmons to play Friday should he return from the dentist in a timely manner, but the 24-year-old is not currently in the lineup. It may be a blessing in disguise really, as Simmons will be afforded additional maintenance for his ankle if he indeed sits out the opener against Oakland.

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Simmons (ankle) is out of the lineup Friday against the A's.

Simmons was able to play in the final two games of the Dodgers series despite an ankle injury, but the Braves seem intent on limiting him a bit until the soreness completely subsides. Phil Gosselin will man short and bat second Friday against right-hander Jason Hammel.

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Simmons (ankle) went 1-for-4 with two RBI in his game back Wednesday night against the Dodgers. He also helped turn a game-ending double play.

The hit was a bloop single and the other RBI came on an infield chopper. Given how both Simmons and the Braves have struggled offensively, the Braves will take it. The lack of a good batting average isn't a surprise but his poor is.

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Simmons (ankle) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Simmons had missed six straight games due to a left ankle sprain, but as expected, he'll avoid the disabled list by making his return Wednesday. The defensive whiz will return to his regular role at shortstop, and bat seventh in the lineup. Simmons will step up to the plate in search of his first hit in August against Dodgers' starter Hyun-Jin Ryu.

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Simmons (ankle) hopes to return to the lineup Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

The plan was for Simmons to return Tuesday, but he felt some soreness in his ankle after taking part in on-field activities Monday, so the Braves decided to play it safe and hold him out yet again. The 24-year-old was still able to run and take batting practice Tuesday, suggesting a Wednesday return is realistic, but manager Fredi Gonzalez suggested the team will likely sit Simmons again Thursday as to not put too much stress on the ankle.

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Simmons (ankle) did some running, fielded grounders and took batting practice Monday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Simmons is still aiming for a return to the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers, but there's a chance the team could push him back to Wednesday just to be on the safe side. What is certain is that he'll be available in nothing more than a bench role Monday, as Simmons will be out of the lineup for the fifth straight contest.