Angels star Simmons requires thumb surgery


Andrelton Simmons is heading to the disabled list for an extended period of time as the star Los Angeles Angels shortstop needs thumb surgery.

The Angels announced on Monday that Simmons will require surgery to repair a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of his left thumb, with the two-time MLB Gold Glove winner potentially facing two to three months on the sidelines.

Simmons, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves last November, suffered the injury during Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 26-year-old hurt his left thumb while making a backhand diving stop of an Evan Longoria grounder in the third inning. Though Simmons jammed his glove into the turf at Angel Stadium, he did make a throw to first from his knees, but Longoria beat it out for an infield single. 

"Every team deals with this stuff," Angels general manager Billy Eppler said. "Sometimes they come at once; sometimes they spread themselves out over the course of a season.

"But every team deals with loss. It's that ability to manage that. It's one of the reasons we go after Minor League free agents aggressively and so on and so forth. If you just rely on trades to fill voids, good luck. That's not going to happen."

Simmons is one of the best fielding shortstops in baseball, so the Angels will miss his coverage on the left side, and up the middle.

He was hitting .218 with a home run and eight RBIs so far this season

His injury comes less than a week after the Angels learned ace Garrett Richards will likely be lost until the middle of 2017 to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery.