Simmons dealing with right ankle discomfort

Simmons dealing with right ankle discomfort

ATLANTA -- Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons was walking up the dugout stairs preparing to complete his normal pregame running exercises before he felt some familiar right ankle discomfort that caused him to miss Monday night's 4-0 loss to the Marlins.

The Braves scratched Simmons from the starting lineup less than 10 minutes before the first pitch. If this ailment reacts like it has in the past, the Gold Glove shortstop could return to action within the next couple days.

"He's had this before," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Every couple months it just grabs him and bites on him. It's nothing serious. It's day to day and hopefully, he can get back in there in a couple days."

Simmons played through right ankle discomfort most of last year, but he hasn't had as many problems with the ailment this year.

"It comes and goes," Gonzalez said. "Sometimes, he plays through it and sometimes, he falls down on a swing or you'll see him going down to first base and it hurts him and he stays in the game. Today, I guess it was just too much."

Simmons missed six games in early August with a sprained right thumb and was sidelined for two more days after he jammed his left knee sliding awkwardly back to third base on Aug. 22. But the Gold Glove shortstop has provided some encouragement as he has batted .333 with a .418 on-base percentage over his past 17 games.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. Listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.