The Los Angeles Angels received tough news on Tuesday when they found out that star shortstop Andrelton Simmons will miss extended time with a severe ankle sprain.
Simmons suffered the injury in the Angels’ Monday night game against the Minnesota Twins after trying to beat out a ground ball for a hit. He landed awkwardly at first base after extending to reach the bag, and crumbled to the ground immediately.
The Curacaoan shortstop was placed on the 10-day Injured List by LA, although the time he is expected to miss is far longer.
While there is no definite timetable for the 29-year-old’s return to the diamond, players that suffer this injury are generally sidelined for 8 to 12 weeks. This would mean that Simmons, at earliest, would return around the All-Star Break.
Simmons, widely considered the best defensive shortstop in baseball, had gotten off to a hot start with the bat this season as well. He is hitting .305 with 3 home runs and 21 RBIs on the season.
The Angels will turn to Zack Cozart to replace the perennial Gold Glover until he’s ready to return to the field.
Los Angeles currently has a 22-26 record and sits 10.5 games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West.