Simmons resting arm, kept out of field

Issue called minor, SS expected to miss just a few days

Simmons resting arm, kept out of field

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Andrelton Simmons was absent from the Angels' lineup again Wednesday, but manager Mike Scioscia doesn't believe it's anything serious.

Simmons hasn't played in a game defensively since Sunday, with what Scioscia called a case of "Spring Training arm."

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"It takes some time to get your arm in in-season form, the form you need it, and playing every day," Scioscia said.

The shortstop is expected to miss only a couple of days, and once he returns, the sore arm is not expected to be a recurring or lingering issue.

"When he's ready to go, he's ready to go and he'll play every day," Scioscia said.

Once Simmons is playing every day, he will instantly upgrade the Angels' defense.

Scioscia isn't quite ready to include Simmons along with other defensive greats, but he certainly didn't dismiss the idea, either.

"I haven't seen enough of him, but that's what our reports are," Scioscia said.

Jered Weaver threw a bullpen session Wednesday morning, is scheduled to throw again Thursday and will throw 60 pitches in a Minor League game on Sunday before the Angels determine the next step.

After Weaver complained of tightness around his neck, an MRI revealed he had "mild degenerative changes in the cervical spine."

If everything goes well Sunday, Weaver will "most likely" pitch in a spring game five days later, Scioscia said.

• Infielder Gregorio Petit turned in a rare power display Wednesday. The infielder, who has just two home runs in 193 Major League at-bats, hit a pair of homers out to left field.

"He can put a charge into one every once in a while, got two fastballs," Scioscia said. "This guy's just really good at defending at three positions. He really brings some experience, and it's good to see him swing the bat this afternoon.''

Petit finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and raised his spring average to .235.

• The Angels are 5-0-1 in their last six games.

"You always try to win, you always want to get the environment of doing what you need to do to win games," Scioscia said. "But there are, still at this point in spring, things that are more important. I think we're starting to see better at-bats, which are leading to some of the runs. We've been hitting the ball hard, so that's good to see."

William Boor is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.