TEMPE, Ariz. — Andrelton Simmons gave the Angels a brief scare after he rolled awkwardly on his left shoulder while diving for a ball Thursday, but the club can now breathe a sigh of relief.
Simmons, who was diagnosed with a shoulder strain and is considered day to day, said Friday that he feels fine and doesn’t expect to be sidelined for long.
“I’m ready to go today if they let me,” Simmons said.
The Angels, for their part, decided to play it safe with their Gold Glove Award-winning shortstop, who was out of Friday’s lineup and did not join his teammates on the field for stretching and drills. Manager Mike Scioscia said Simmons received treatment and would not swing a bat on Friday.
“It’s just a little bump in the road right now,” Scioscia said. “We’ll take it day by day and see when he’s back out there.”
Simmons tweaked his shoulder after attempting to field Jed Lowrie’s single to left field in the fifth inning of the Angels’ 7-3 loss to the A’s at Hohokam Stadium. He admitted that there was a moment when he feared the injury might be serious.
“For a quick second, it was hard to get my shoulder to come back,” Simmons said. “But after I was like, ‘OK, my shoulder is OK,’ I felt that I was going to be fine. I didn’t hear any crazy noises or feel anything weird. My arm got stuck a little bit, so it took a quick second to release it. I knew it wasn’t going to be anything bad.“
In other injury news, outfielder Chris Young took live batting practice Friday as he continues to recover from a strained calf that has kept him out of action for most of camp.