Andrelton Simmons to undergo thumb surgery

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Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will go on the 15-day disabled list as he will need surgery on his left thumb, MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports. He has been diagnosed with a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, per Gonzalez. Simmons suffered the injury diving for a ball during Sunday’s game against the Rays.

Cliff Pennington will likely handle the shortstop position while Simmons is out. Neither Simmons nor Pennington has had much success at the plate this year, and Pennington is certainly no Simmons with the glove, so it’s a clear downgrade for the Angels.

The 13-18 Angels have been snakebit in the injury department, as Craig Gentry, Andrew Heaney, Garrett Richards, Huston Street, and C.J. Wilson are all currently sidelined with injuries as well.