first_imgOAKLAND — Andrelton Simmons, aside from exceptional defensive skill and quickly improving production at plate, is clearly a world-class healer, too.Simmons surprisingly returned from the disabled list Saturday, just 11 days after he suffered a grade 2 right ankle sprain. Although the Angels never gave an official timetable for Simmons, a quick search of other professional athletes with similar injuries yields an expectation of 2-4 weeks out.In 2016, when Simmons tore a ligament in his thumb and required surgery, he was expected to miss 6-8 weeks. He came back in just over five weeks.Simmons hurt his ankle slipping on the dugout steps just before the Angels’ game June 5. It was more than a week before he was even able to run, but in the last few days he made significant progress. “The last four days, it’s just gone light speed,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before Saturday’s game. “He ran the bases the other day. He’s ready to go. He feels like he has all his mobility. He’s moving well, running well.”Simmons said he knew within a few days of getting hurt that he’d be ready around the time his stint on the 10-day disabled list ended.“I normally heal up fast from ankle injuries,” he said. “I played a little soccer, so I rolled them before. I know how to bounce back from it.”Simmons had been working out at Angel Stadium during the team’s current 10-day trip. On Friday morning, the workout went so well Simmons hopped on a plane, arriving at the ballpark in Oakland just before game time.His return was a welcome sight for a team that, just a day earlier, had placed four players on the disabled list, increasing the total to a club-record 15 temporarily. “Simba was doing so many things, not just on the defensive end but the offensive end,” Scioscia said. “The way he was getting on base. The way he was hitting the ball, using the whole field. That’s an important component for us to get back.”Simmons, who returned without seeing any live pitching in the minors, went hitless in four at-bats in his first game back.“I gotta get back in rhythm, but I felt pretty good, seeing the ball good,” he said. “I gotta get my swing back to where it was. A good beginning. Just a bad feeling that we lost, but we’ll come back tomorrow and try to do it again.”UPTON OUTJust as the Angels got back Simmons, they lost Justin Upton, for the day at least. Upton was a late scratch from Saturday’s lineup because of lower-back stiffness.He said he woke up Saturday morning with a stiff back, and it didn’t improve in time for him to play. He said he’s hoping to be in the lineup on Sunday.ALSOKole Calhoun (oblique) had three hits in 13 at-bats in the first three games of his rehab assignment at Triple-A. “Calhoun is doing well,” Scioscia said. “We haven’t gotten a timetable, but he’s feeling better.”…Kaleb Cowart (sprained ankle) has been running the bases, but he still needs to be able to run full speed before he can take the next step in his rehab…Nolan Fontana was optioned to Triple-A to make room for Simmons…Oliver Drake was designated for assignment to create space on the 25- and 40-man rosters for John Lamb, who was called up from Triple-A to start Saturday…Reliever Jake Jewell made his major league debut with a scoreless eighth inning on Saturday…Parker Bridwell is on the Triple-A disabled list for the second time this year with elbow inflammation. The Angels will need another starter Tuesday, with Shohei Ohtani, Garrett Richards and Nick Tropeano all on the disabled list.UP NEXTAngels (Andrew Heaney, 3-5, 3.68) at A’s (Daniel Mengden, 6-6, 3.90), Sunday, 1 p.m., Fox Sports West, KLAA (830 AM).center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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