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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.

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Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Saturday that Simmons (ankle) was doing a lot better and that he hopes to have him back Tuesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Simmons' reported improvement is certainly encouraging, after he was spotted limping and sporting a soft cast Friday, but if he still isn't ready to go by Tuesday, the Braves may very well be forced to make a roster move. Emilio Bonifacio is making a rare start at short in his absence Saturday.

Andrelton Simmons SS ATL 12 Days

Simmons (ankle) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Padres.

Although the Braves are content to hold off on a DL decision for a few more days, the clock is ticking for Simmons, who was seen walking with a visible limp and wearing an air cast Friday. Emilio Bonifacio is making his first start at short since 2011 on Saturday, but there are rumors the team could bring up top prospect Jose Peraza to man the position if Simmons does end up on the disabled list.

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The Braves will wait a few more days before making a determination on whether or not Simmons (ankle) will require a DL stint, MLB.com reports.

Simmons was seen walking through the clubhouse Friday with a visible limp while wearing an air cast, but because he had shown improved from a day earlier, the Braves are content to hold off on DL decision for now. If Simmons isn't close to full health for Monday's series opener with the Dodgers, the Braves could be tempted to place him on the DL at that point and promote top prospect Jose Peraza from Double-A Mississippi to serve as the team's starting shortstop.

Andrelton Simmons SS ATL 13 Days

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he does not expect Simmons (ankle) to play this weekend, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Simmons reported improvement with his sprained ankle Friday, but he remains in a soft cast and it sounds like a Monday return is a best-case scenario for the shortstop. On Wednesday, Gonzalez labeled Simmons' DL status as "undetermined," but the team will likely have to make a final decision on whether or not to keep Simmons active by early next week.

Andrelton Simmons SS ATL 13 Days

Simmons (ankle) remains out of the Braves' lineup Friday against the Nationals.

An ankle sprain, suffered during Tuesday's game, will cost Simmons a second straight start Friday and his DL status remains in limbo. The 24-year-old did say Wednesday that he's hoping to avoid a stay on the disabled list, but it sounds like he'll likely remain limited at least through teh weekend. Ramiro Pena will continue to start at short for the time being.

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Simmons (ankle) is hoping to avoid the DL, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I have no idea," Simmons said. "I mean, I don't know. I'm hoping (to play) soon rather than later. But I don't know when soon in, though."

Manager Fredi Gonzalez expressed a similar sentiment, saying that he hopes Simmons won't need to miss more than three or four games, but he labeled Simmons' DL status as "undetermined." Simmons arrived at Safeco Field on crutches Wednesday after spraining his ankle Tuesday night, and his comments suggest he's not particularly confident about returning before the end of the week. Ramiro Pena got the start at short Wednesday and will likely continue to occupy the position should Simmons miss additional time, though the team could always bring Tyler Pastornicky back.