Andrelton Simmons seems to be headed back to the Angels’ lineup faster than expected.
Manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that he expected Simmons to be back sometime in June, which would be only five or six weeks after suffering a Grade 3 left ankle sprain.
The Angels never publicly gave a timeframe for Simmons, but that type of injury normally requires eight to 12 weeks to heal. It is possible that Simmons’ injury all along was not as severe as a typical Grade 3 sprain, many of which require surgery.
Simmons has been running, taking ground balls and taking batting practice. Ausmus said Simmons is expected to face some live pitching early next week, although not yet as part of a rehab assignment.
The Angels are likely to get Justin Upton back even sooner. Upton had 14 plate appearances in the first four games of his rehab assignment at Class-A Inland Empire. He was expected to play again on Thursday night.
Ausmus said Upton could be activated when the Angels are in Toronto for a four-game series starting on Monday.