Simmons 'doing great' but isn't quite ready to return

Simmons 'doing great' but isn't quite ready to return

ANAHEIM -- Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is just a month removed from left thumb surgery, is not expected to be activated this weekend, manager Mike Scioscia said.

The 26-year-old injured the thumb against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 8 and underwent surgery on May 10. Scioscia said that while Simmons has been well ahead of schedule with his recovery, he's still not fully comfortable with a Major League return.

"Andrelton is doing great, but he's not quite where he thinks his comfort level needs to be to do what he needs to do up here," Scioscia said. "Right now, it's mostly just glove work. He's getting there. Swinging the bat, he's fine, certain throws, too. He's building some confidence with it, but he's not ready to get back here."

Simmons, who was originally given a 6-8 week timetable for his return, has begun playing in Minor League rehab games and is currently with Triple-A Salt Lake. He went 3-for-5 with five RBIs on Thursday night.

Gregorio Petit, who was called up on May 13, has taken over shortstop duties while Simmons and fellow shortstop Cliff Pennington have each dealt with injury issues. 

Scioscia said Pennington, who reinjured his strained left hamstring and was place on the 15-day disabled list on June 1, has yet to begin baseball activities.

Worth noting

• Relievers Javy Guerra and Chris Jones cleared waivers and have been sent outright to Salt Lake. Both were designated for assignment on Tuesday. This is the second time this season Guerra has been designated for assignment and cleared waivers. He appeared in three games after being called up on June 1, posting a 2.70 ERA. Jones was optioned on June 1 and has not appeared in the Majors this season.

Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.