After missing nearly a month with an ankle injury, Andrelton Simmons returned to the lineup on Friday night. He finished with two hits, his first multi-hit game of the season. Though he returned last night, he’s not in the lineup today. According to Angels manager Joe Maddon, there isn’t a problem with his ankle, they just want to be cautious bringing him back.
“That was planned,” Maddon said to the media Saturday morning. “When I talked to him the other day, he said he was fine. I want him to be careful. As we get further along it should be better. He’ll be back in there tomorrow.”
It looks like there can be more scheduled days off in the upcoming week, as Simmons eases his way back from recovery.
“Before everything started, they had a plan on my comeback and getting me back into things,” Simmons said. “I’m just going to let them figure it out. I’m ready and available whenever. They try to manage my work load to get me back as safe as possible.”
Although he knows it’s a smart decision to ease him back, Simmons said he has that fight in him of wanting to be out there every single day.
“I have the fight in me still,” he said. “I tell them I’m good and to let me play. I’ve learned certain things. If it’s closer to certain games, I’ll put up that fight. I know they have my best interest by doing things certain ways and having a schedule set up.”
He said his ankle is well enough where he thinks he can play every day, but he knows that he has to be a little smarter with certain things. He said he won’t be lunging towards the bag anymore, as least not with the ankle he injured.
“In the heat of the game, you’re trying to win. You let go of caution a little bit. It’s in most athletes when it comes to certain things. You just try to get the job done regardless of the cost.”
The offense will come... hopefully
When asked about the slow start, Maddon said he knows that getting off to a bad start in a condensed season isn’t ideal.
“All I know is that I’m with them all the time, the attitude cannot be better,” Maddon said. “Everything is in order. They’re probably trying a little too hard. They need to see consistency from me, thats what I’m trying to bring every day. Players will always rect to the manager. I’m anticipating a good result from all of this. The word is to be consistent with my approach to the guys. We’ve done some really good things already.
“The wins and loss record isn’t good at all, we have to do something about that. You don’t try to blow things up. The guys will come out. I want to believe we’re gong to get on a role.”
Simmons agrees, saying that this team is far better than what their record shows. “When you look at the lineup, you know what the team is capable,” he said. “You see the names and you think you’re going to be okay. I know we’ll turn it around. In the shortened season, it gives you a sense of urgency. I know we’ll turn it around offensively for sure. It’s just a matter of putting the whole thing together.”