Angels SS Andrelton Simmons leaves in 3rd with injury

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shortstop Andrelton Simmons left the Los Angeles Angels' game against Tampa Bay in the third inning Sunday with a sprained left thumb.

Simmons was hurt when he came down awkwardly on his glove hand while diving to stop Evan Longoria's grounder. He immediately left the game.

The Angels later announced Simmons' injury. He will have an MRI on Monday.

Simmons is one of the majors' best fielders, winning two Gold Glove awards with the Braves before they traded him to Los Angeles in the offseason. He has been a strong fielder in his first season with the Angels, although he made a throwing error Saturday in their loss.

Simmons has struggled at the plate in Anaheim, batting .219 with eight RBIs. He had a hit Saturday to end an 0-for-21 skid.

Second baseman Cliff Pennington moved to shortstop, and Johnny Giavotella came off the bench to play second.

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