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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Cubs DFA 4-time gold-glove winner Andrelton Simmons

CHICAGO ( Associated Press) — The Chicago Cubs reinstated 11-year veteran shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the injured list on Saturday, then named the four-time Gold Glove winner for assignment ahead of his game with the Miami Marlins.

Simmons signed a $4 million deal with the Cubs in March and was slotted for a regular role with Chicago. But the 32-year-old from Curaçao has appeared in just 34 matches with the Cubs due to two right shoulder injuries.

Simmons hit .173 with seven RBIs for the Cubs. He had not appeared in a game with Chicago since July 10 against the Dodgers, but did complete a rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa.

“There’s no room for him to be honest,” said manager David Ross. “Look, he’s nothing but a pro, but this year none of us expected him to have a shoulder injury.

He has never had a shoulder problem in his career and just dealing with it and trying to come back. Exceptional man, great professional. I am going to miss him personally,” he added.

Ross said David Boate would be recalled if the Cubs needed a utility fielder.

Drafted in the second round by the Atlanta Braves in 2010, Simmons had his best overall season with the Los Angeles Angels in 2017, for which he batted .278 with 14 home runs, 69 RBIs, 38 doubles and 19 stolen bases . He entered 2022 with a .981 career fielding percentage, the third-best in baseball among active shortstops.

Simmons won the most recent of his four Gold Gloves in 2018. He batted just .223 with three homers for Minnesota last year and is a career .263 hitter in 11 seasons with the Atlanta, Angels, The Twins and Cubs.

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