Other than Mike Trout, shortstop Andrelton Simmons is probably more valuable to the Los Angeles Angels than anybody on the club. However, the Angels will have to figure out a way to get by without the four-time Gold Glove winner for what could be two to three months.
Simmons sustained a Grade 3 sprain to his left ankle on Monday, hitting the first base bag awkwardly as he lunged to beat out a grounder. A Grade 3 sprain typically requires eight to 12 weeks of recovery time, but he is scheduled to see a specialist Wednesday in an effort to get a more definitive timetable.
When the Angels play host to the Twins on Wednesday night, Los Angeles will have a variety of players to choose from to play shortstop. David Fletcher got the nod on Tuesday in the Angels' 8-3 loss to Minnesota, and he went 3-for-3 with a walk.