Simmons went 1-for-4 with a run and a stolen base in Wednesday's 7-2 win over the White Sox. Simmons singled in the sixth inning and stole second. He scored on Jorge Polanco's two-out home run. This was Simmons' first steal of the season. The 31-year-old is batting just .167 with seven runs and three RBI in July. On the season, he is slashing .230/.297/.302 with three long balls, 19 RBI and 32 runs in 279 plate appearances.
Simmons is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the White Sox. Jorge Polanco will draw the start at shortstop in place of Simmons, who is presumably on the bench for maintenance purposes in Game 1 of the twin bill. The slick-fielding Simmons should slot back into the lineup for the nightcap.
Simmons will sit Friday against the Tigers. Simmons hits the bench after going hitless in his last five games, dropping his season slash line down to .229/.297/.308. Jorge Polanco slides to shortstop in his absence, with Luis Arraez starting at second.
Simmons was scratched from Friday's starting lineup against the Royals for an undisclosed reason. Simmons was initially slated to start at shortstop. It's not clear at this point if he is dealing with an injury or some other issue, but the Twins figure to provide an update later Friday. Jorge Polanco will shift to shortstop for the series opener.
Simmons went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer, a walk and two runs scored in Sunday's 8-2 win over Cleveland. Simmons came up to bat for the first time in the second inning and drove out a two-run homer to give the Twins an early 3-0 lead. He would draw a walk his next time up in the fourth and wound up scoring on a Nelson Cruz home run. The long ball by Simmons was his first since May 16 and third overall of the year. The 31-year-old shortstop is slashing .246/.318/.332 with 11 extra-base hits, 16 RBI, 25 runs scored and a 19:38 BB:K over 221 plate appearances. SImmons' offensive production hasn't been up to par this year in comparison to past seasons. He notched double-digit steals from 2016-2019 but has yet to steal a base this year and is also striking out at a career-high rate of 17.2 percent. The Twins are struggling this year and unlikely to make the playoffs which means a proven veteran like Simmons could very well be on the trade block when the deadline rolls around July 30.
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