Simmons went 1-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the Angels' 9-6 win over the Astros on Monday. Simmons got the Halos on the board Monday night with a solo shot to left field in the third inning. It was his second home run of July. In his 46 games prior to hitting the shelf in late May, the 29-year-old had gone yard only three times. The shortstop was on the IL for over a month with a high ankle sprain and was a bit sluggish in his return, only gathering four hits in his first eight games back. However, the veteran seems to have found his stride at the right time, as he is slashing .381/.435/.571 over his last five games and has brought his batting average up to .288 on the season.
Simmons is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports. Simmons will sit for the third time in 13 games following his return from a Grade 3 left ankle sprain June 27. During that stretch, Simmons is hitting .268 with only two extra-base hits, but his 3-for-3 success rate on stolen-base attempts suggests the ankle hasn't been hampering him. David Fletcher will spell Simmons at shortstop in the series finale.
Simmons went 1-for-3 with a stolen base, two runs scored and a walk in Saturday's 9-2 win over the Mariners. Simmons made an early impact in the second inning, scoring the opening run on an Albert Pujols single after getting on board with a single and stealing second base. The shortstop is up to eight steals this season while hitting .293/.322/.406 with 31 runs scored in 57 games.
Simmons went 3-for-6 with a run in Sunday's 11-10 loss to the Astros. Simmons singled and scored in the top of the fifth inning to give his team a five-run lead, but it wouldn't end up being enough. The shortstop will close the first half with a .285/.313/.398 slash line, respectable numbers, especially for a defensive wizard, but numbers which fall a bit short of his .292/.337/.417 line from last season.
Simmons is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rangers. Simmons has sat twice in five games after returning from an ankle injury. He's gone 2-for-11 at the plate over that stretch. Luis Rengifo will fill in at shortstop.
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