After an impressive major league debut in 2014 in which Shae Simmons posted a 2.91 ERA, a 23:11 K:BB and nine holds over 21.2 innings as one of the Braves' primary setup men, he was forced to miss the entire 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He made his return to the big leagues in September after he experienced several setbacks in his rehab assignments earlier in the year. Though the sample size is small, Simmons appeared to be back to his old self in his seven relief appearances. The young righty, who features a blazing four-seam fastball that routinely sits at 97 miles per hour, finished the month with a 1.35 ERA and 3:0 K:BB over 6.2 innings. Following a trade to the Mariners, Simmons figures to be a factor in their bullpen going forward and could provide modest fantasy value in holds leagues if he works his way up the bullpen pecking order like he had in Atlanta.
Simmons (forearm) played catch Tuesday, MLB.com's Greg Johns reports. This marks Simmons' first time throwing since he was removed from a Cactus League game on March 11. He missed the final few weeks of last season with a similar issue, and had Tommy John surgery in 2015. Even if he isn't ready for Opening Day, the 26-year-old righty could be a part of Seattle's bullpen at some point in April.
Simmons has been shut down with a forearm strain, Shannon Drayer of MyNorthwest.com reports. This is good news for Simmons and the Mariners, who feared for the worst after the 26-year-old was pulled from his last Cactus League appearance with forearm tightness. The MRI results showed no structural damage, however, and they also determined that the injury was unrelated to previous forearm issues Simmons has dealt with. There is no timetable for his return at this point, the Mariners are just shutting him down momentarily to let it quiet down. He should be considered day-to-day until the Mariners determine otherwise.
Simmons is dealing with forearm tightness and will undergo an MRI on Sunday, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Simmons was pulled from the seventh inning of Saturday's Cactus League game against the Reds due to the injury, but manager Scott Servais labeled the right-hander's removal as precautionary. While the Mariners don't seem to fear that Simmons is in danger of missing extended time, the fact that he's already required a Tommy John procedure in the past may prompt the organization to tread carefully with the reliever. The 26-year-old also was shut down in the final few weeks of the 2016 season with forearm tightness, but it's uncertain if the setback he suffered Saturday is related at all.
Simmons left Saturday's game in the middle of the seventh inning with an undisclosed injury, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The specifics of the injury aren't yet known, but it could be reason to worry as the 26-year-old has dealt with arm problems in the past. Simmons underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015 and missed time with forearm soreness last year, so the Mariners are likely going to handle him with caution. He should be considered day-to-day until the Mariners reveal more about his status.
Simmons, who arrived in Seattle in a Jan. 11 trade with the Braves, feels fully healthy following 2015 Tommy John surgery and is looking to be a prominent part of the Mariners bullpen, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "You could say it's a new beginning, I guess, especially since I was out of the game for a year and a half or so," he said. "Now it's going to be nice to be around a new crew and learn more and develop my game mentally and physically. It'll be nice to just finally play a full season." The 26-year-old feels that his arm is "stronger than ever" now almost two years removed from the procedure, and was impressive in his initial bullpen session of spring training Thursday. Simmons saw live game action in almost two years last September with the Braves, generating an impressive 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over a small sample of 6.2 innings and just as important, demonstrating the ability to once again fire a mid-90s fastball. The hard-throwing righty was once a closer candidate in Atlanta following a 2014 rookie campaign in which he compiled nine holds and a 2.91 ERA along with 23 whiffs in just under 22.0 innings. However, with Edwin Diaz in possession of that role in Seattle, Simmons will look to slot in alongside the likes of former closer Steve Chisek, Nick Vincent, Evan Scribner and Dan Altavilla as right-handed relief options for manager Scott Servais.