PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 7: Andrelton Simmons #19 of the Atlanta Braves throws to first base to get Chase Utley of the Philadelphia Phillies out during a MLB baseball game on July 7, 2012 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Braves defeated the Phillies 6-3. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Andrelton Simmons Injury: Braves' Shortstop To Rejoin Team Monday

Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons began his rehab assignment on Monday and could return to the team as early as this weekend.

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Andrelton Simmons Injury: Braves Activate Shortstop From Disabled List

The Atlanta Braves have activated shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the disabled list. Simmons broke a finger on the last day before the All-Star break and has been out of action for over two months. He will start at short and hit eighth on Monday night.

Related: Series Preview: Atlanta Braves at Milwaukee Brewers

Prior to the injury, Simmons hit a solid .296/.336/.452 for the club and collected seven doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI. While Simmons was out, Paul Janish handled most of the work at shortstop, and the difference at the plate was stark, as Janish is hitting just .188/.268/.236 in 2012. Simmons will not only inject a little more life into the Braves offense, he also fields the ball well.

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Andrelton Simmons Injury: Simmons Hits Home Run In Rehab Game

Atlanta Braves rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons continued his rehab assignment Friday for the Class-A Lynchburg Hillcats, hitting a solo home run in the Hillcats' 2-1 playoff win.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was unsure if Simmons would stay with the Hillcats through their playoff run or if he would rejoin the Braves this weekend during their series in Queens against the New York Mets.

Simmons broke his hand in a game against the Philadelphia Phillies on July 8 on a head-first slide into second base. He's missed about eight weeks of action.

Simmons was called up straight from Double-A Mississippi and inserted immediately as the Braves' regular shortstop on June 2 amid Tyler Pastnoricky's struggles. Simmons batted .296/.336/.452 in 125 plate appearances before the injury.

Much of Simmons' value, unlike Pastornicky, comes from his defense. Many already consider the 23-year-old an elite defender at shortstop. From ESPN's SweetSpot Blog on Simmons, a testimonial:

"Excellent reads, footwork, instincts, controlled aggression, and a quick compact arm. He made all the plays for me -- to the left, to the right, on the backhand, in the hole, topped. He's an excellent athlete with great body control."
--An NL scout who saw Simmons four times this month

Paul Janish has taken most of the responsibility at shortstop in Simmons' absence.

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Andrelton Simmons Injury Update: Braves Shortstop Will Be In Cast For Four Weeks

Injured Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons is going to need some time to regain his strength after suffering from a broken finger. Mark Bowman is reporting that Simmons will be in a cast for four weeks and that there is not timetable set for his return.

Simmons was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday, just a day after his collision that resulted in the rookie's broken finger. Simmons has a .296 average with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 33 games

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