Rookie shortstop Andrelton Simmons was hitting .296 and playing great defense when he broke his finger sliding into second base on July 8, but it sounds like the Braves will have him back for the stretch run.
In fact barring a setback while rehabbing in the minors Simmons is on track to return as soon as this weekend, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
In his absence the Braves acquired Paul Janish from the Reds and turned to him as their primary shortstop, but he’s hit just .191 in 49 games and there’s no doubt that once healthy Simmons will reclaim his starting job.
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.