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Simmons scratched with jammed wrist

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ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons arrived at Turner Field with the expectation to play in Thursday night's series finale against the Mets. But the Braves scratched him from the lineup after his right wrist proved to be too bothersome during batting practice.

After Thursday's night's 6-4 loss, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Simmons could return to the lineup as early as Friday. But his tone provided the indication that the talented shortstop may need at least one more day of rest.

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ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons arrived at Turner Field with the expectation to play in Thursday night's series finale against the Mets. But the Braves scratched him from the lineup after his right wrist proved to be too bothersome during batting practice.

After Thursday's night's 6-4 loss, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated Simmons could return to the lineup as early as Friday. But his tone provided the indication that the talented shortstop may need at least one more day of rest.

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"We'll go day-to-day, hopefully no more than that," Gonzalez said.

Simmons jammed his right wrist when he tripped over home-plate umpire Mark Ripperger's foot after being tagged out at the plate during the fifth inning of Wednesday night's game. The stumble came after he slowed as he neared the plate, with Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud already in possession of the baseball.

Major League Baseball's new collision rules prohibit runners from making contact in this situation.

Simmons played the remainder of Wednesday's contest, but experienced more discomfort when he attempted to swing the bat and make throws during Thursday's batting practice. Gonzalez said the wrist proved most problematic when Simmons was attempting to swing the bat.

When Simmons was scratched, Ramiro Pena was given the assignment to serve as the starting shortstop and fill the eighth spot in the lineup. Pena was one of Atlanta's most-valuable reserves before he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery last June. He had recorded just two at-bats before going 1-for-4 on Thursday.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com.

 

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