Simmons hit by pitch on hands, exits vs. A's

Simmons hit by pitch on hands, exits vs. A's

OAKLAND -- Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons was removed in the bottom of the second inning of Monday night's 3-2 loss to the A's with contusions in his left hand and right thumb.

Simmons was hit by a pitch during a first-inning at-bat against A's right-hander Kendall Graveman. Trainers and Angels manager Mike Scioscia checked on Simmons, but he elected to stay in the game initially. 

"He's a little bit sore, but he's day to day," Scioscia said after the game. "We'll see how it sets up tomorrow. Fortunately the X-rays were negative. Looks like it was just a contusion."

Danny Espinosa entered the game as the second baseman in the bottom of the second inning while Cliff Pennington moved over to shortstop. Simmons is batting .254/.326/.347 with three homers and 12 RBIs this season while bringing his stellar brand of defense.

The Angels can ill afford another injury. The Angels currently have eight pitchers on the disabled list and outfielder Mike Trout has missed the last three starts with left hamstring tightness.

Alex Espinoza is a contributor for based in the Bay Area, and covered the Angels on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.