MLB notes: Braves' Simmons breaks pinkie

Braves batter Andrelton Simmons smiles after hitting his first career major-league home run against...

Braves batter Andrelton Simmons smiles after hitting his first career major-league home run against the Blue Jays at Turner Field in Atlanta, Ga., June 9, 2012. (TAMI CHAPPELL/Reuters)

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Rookie Andrelton Simmons will be sidelined for at least one month because of a broken right pinkie finger, the Atlanta Braves announced Monday.

Simmons, who was injured Sunday on a head-first slide, will be in a cast for four weeks.

The 22-year-old has a .296 average with three homers and 15 RBI in 33 games since being called up June 2 from double-A Mississippi.

SOX HOPE TO BE HEALTHY

Despite being beaten up by injuries, the Boston Red Sox have managed to stay in contention for an AL playoff berth.

Just past the halfway point of the season, the Red Sox have had 20 players on the disabled list. They're counting on better health after the all-star break.

"Hopefully we can get some of the guys back and help out our performance in the second half," designated hitter David Ortiz, the team's only all-star this year, said.

"If we have all those guys in it would be a different story. Nobody's facing the situation we are now with all those injuries. It's hard to play, hard to compete like that."

Among those expected back soon are Jacoby Ellsbury, who hasn't played since April 13 because of a right shoulder injury, and Carl Crawford, who hasn't played at all this season for the Red Sox because of left wrist and elbow injuries. Right-handed pitcher Clay Buchholz will return to the rotation from the disabled list Saturday, having recovered from esophagitis. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia (right thumb) should be back in about 10 days and third baseman Will Middlebrooks (left hamstring) is not expected to miss significant time.

ANGELS HOOKED ON TROUT

The Los Angeles Angels can divide their first half into two parts: A rather fishy April, followed by Trout season.

The big-spending Angels won only six of their first 20 games and fell nine games behind the Texas Rangers in the AL West, but their skid turned around when rookie outfielder Mike Trout, 20, arrived near the end of April.

Since then, the Angels have a 42-24 record -- the best in baseball during that span -- cutting the Rangers lead to four games and taking the first of the AL's two wild-card spots. Trout leads the league in batting, .341, and in stolen bases, 26.

"Trout is part of our puzzle -- he's doing unbelievable things," outfielder Torii Hunter said.

"I'm thankful he got called up and is helping this team win."

BRIEFLY

Officials in Sacramento have announced plans to try to lure an MLB team to the California capital. Oakland's triple-A farm team currently plays in Sacramento ... A tweet from former slugger Jose Canseco, 48: "I would win the MLB home run derby (Monday night) if I was given the chance."


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