Simmons is out of the lineup Sunday against the Athletics, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports. Manager Mike Scioscia will hold out two lineup mainstays in Simmons and Justin Upton in the season finale, affording Kaleb Cowart and Eric Young Jr. turns at shortstop and in left field, respectively. In addition to supplying his usual Gold Glove-caliber defense in the middle infield, Simmons made some strides as a contact hitter in 2018. He trimmed his strikeout rate to a career-best 7.3 percent, aiding him to a stellar .292 average over 146 games.
Simmons went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored Saturday against the Athletics. Simmons did the majority of his damage in the fifth inning after reaching base on a throwing error, swiping a base and scoring later in the frame. The steal brought Simmons' total to 10 for the season, the third consecutive season he's reached double-digits. His value came mostly in the form of consistent playing time, which allowed him to compile stats across most offensive categories.
Simmons (knee) is starting at shortstop and hitting sixth Tuesday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. Simmons wound up missing just one game with a knee injury that he suffered after landing awkwardly during Sunday's series finale against the Astros. The 29-year-old shortstop is hitting .296/.340/.424 with 11 homers and nine stolen bases through 142 games this season and will look to finish out the campaign strong.
Simmons (knee) is not in the lineup Monday against the Rangers. Simmons will be withheld from the lineup Monday after exiting Sunday's series finale against the Astors with a right knee injury. The severity of the issue remains unclear at the moment. Kaleb Cowart is starting at shortstop and hitting eighth in his place Monday.
Simmons was lifted in the bottom of the seventh inning of Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Astros after landing awkwardly on his right knee, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports. After turning in a pair of two-hit performances to begin the three-game set in Houston, Simmons ended the road trip with an 0-for-3 showing at the dish in the finale before getting banged up. The Gold Glove shortstop indicated after the contest that he believes his injury is minor, but the Angels could nonetheless act cautiously with him over the final week of the season after he noted that he experienced some stiffness with his knee. The Angels should have an update on Simmons' status later Monday when they kick off their homestand with a divisional showdown with the Rangers.