ANAHEIM -- The poor circumstances keep arising for the Los Angeles Angels, as Monday afternoon, the team announced Andrelton Simmons would need surgery on his left thumb following an in-game injury Sunday.
On Sunday afternoon, Simmons made a diving stop on his right side and had his wrist roll over, damaging his non-throwing thumb. Following an MRI on Monday, it was declared that Simmons had a full thickness tear of the ulnar collateral ligament on his left thumb.
The Angels will be without one of the top defensive shortstops in Major League Baseball for an extensive amount of time, and don't have much depth beyond Simmons. In Triple-A, Gregorio Petit and Rey Navarro split time at short, but Petit was recently lifted from a game with a sore knee and Navarro possesses just a .611 OPS in the minors.
A separate option would be for Yunel Escobar to move over from third base to shortstop, where he played in the early stages of his career. This would mean a recall of one of the top third base prospects, Kaleb Cowart or Kyle Kubitza, who would add a left-handed bat to a primarily right-handed order.
According to orthopedic doctor, recovery from surgery on a thumb due to UCL damage tends to range from six-to-12 weeks. Former Angels shortstop, Gary DiSarcina, had a similar injury and returned in 45 days, but felt he was rushed and should have waited an extra week or two.
This news come just days after the Angels lost their ace, Garrett Richards, likely for the season and into the next with a UCL tear and likely Tommy John surgery. Along, with Andrew Heaney joining the likes of C.J. Wilson on the Disabled List, for at least 60 days.