Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons suffered a strained oblique near the end of February, but he’s been taking batting practice and doing fielding drills for the past week without any discomfort and the 25-year-old is now ready to make his spring debut.
David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Simmons will play shortstop for the Braves in Thursday night’s Grapefruit League game against the Yankees. He’ll probably go four or five innings before giving way to another Braves infielder.
Simmons will be looking to bounce back offensively this season after batting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last year.
He did earn his second straight National League Gold Glove Award in 2014.