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Andrelton Simmons Injury Update: Fredi Gonzalez Says Shortstop Will Join Team Monday In Milwaukee

Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons will rejoin the team in Milwaukee on Monday for their series with the Brewers, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez, via the Braves official Twitter account.

Simmons had been on a rehab assignment with the Class-A Lynchburg Hillcats. He hit a home run Friday in the Hillcats' 2-1 playoff victory.

Simmons has been out of action for the Braves since suffering a broken hand in a July 8 game against the Philadelphia Phillies. He sustained the injury sliding head first into second base, and has missed about eight weeks of games.

Simmons was called up from Double-A Mississippi on June 2. In 125 plate appearances before sustaining the injury, he batted .296/.336/.452. Atlanta's record stood at 46-39 when Simmons was injured, and they have gone 33-21 in his absence.

Paul Janish has filled in at shortstop for the Braves for the most part with Simmons out, though super-utility man Martin Prado has played there occasionally as well. Simmons' return should provide a boost to Atlanta defensively, as that is a large part of the rookie's value.

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