The Braves have been the recipient of some bad luck of late on the injury front. Freddie Freeman missed an extended period of time with a wrist injury that started the Braves freefall, closer Jason Grilli tore his Achilles during the Colorado series where the Braves were swept and destroyed any momentum they had going in to the All Star break, and now they may have to go without defensive all-world shortstop Andrelton Simmons.
According to a report from Mark Bowman, Andrelton injured his right thumb when trying to make a diving play in the seventh inning of last night's blowout loss to the Phillies. He stayed in the game for a bit but was replaced in the next inning and was seen with his hand wrapped after getting some x-rays.
While the x-rays were negative, the report as well as Bowman's Twitter account were both specific in mentioning that Andrelton's status was going to be updated Sunday morning
The Braves will update Simmons' status (right thumb) this morning http://t.co/bbR8sZGImO— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) August 2, 2015
Normally, if the injury was considered minor, the team would have just said so and consider him "day to day", so its a bit concerning that there is no other information out right now. Hopefully, the club just needed some more time to evaluate him and his absence will still be short.
There is a risk, however, that there could be ligament damage as with any injury. Given that the team has been been playing poorly and heading in to the final two months of the season including September call-ups, such an injury could keep Simmons out for quite a while as the Braves would not want to rush him back and risk his health for 2016.