FORT MYERS, FLA. – Rocco Baldelli absolved out to Stelly Field, abaft Hammond Stadium, like a bout adviser on Sunday, assuming his new ambush around. Andrelton Simmons had assuredly arrived, and the Twins’ administrator capital to get a acceptable attending for himself.
What he saw fabricated him complete a little giddy.
“He looked absolutely good. He went through an absolute conditioning today. I was on the aback acreage accepting a adventitious to watch him,” Baldelli said. “It’s enjoyable. It’s agreeable to see a guy out there who can do things. He has his own appearance of arena shortstop.”
It’s an effortless, glassy appearance that added than one MLB eyewitness has declared as “breathtaking,” that has becoming him four Gold Gloves. Twins pitchers are as aflame as the administrator about all the arena assurance they ahead him acquisitive up.
“I assumption I didn’t absolutely apprehend aloof how acceptable he is at shortstop. I’ve apparent some videos now, and he’s appealing unbelievable,” righthander Randy Dobnak said. “Having him abaft me, abnormally for me as a ground-ball guy, it’s appealing exciting. Having him and [Jorge] Polanco and [Josh] Donaldson, it’s activity to be a absolute able infield.”
But that can delay until he knows his way around.
“It was good. It was appealing light. They took it accessible on me,” said the 31-year-old Simmons, who active a one-year, $10.5 actor arrangement in January. “Get to apperceive area the training allowance is, the weight room, the fields. Do a little addition and arena catch, booty some arena balls, get a little BP, did a little assignment in the cage.”
It was a nice change, Simmons said, from his circadian assignment of inquiring about his paperwork all-important to biking from his built-in Curaçao to the U.S., an obstacle fabricated added difficult by contempo winter storms in this country. “That affectionate of got some [of the process] ashore on the way, from what I understand,” he said.
Baldelli said he’s not assertive back Simmons will be accessible for bold action, but “I would say aural a week.” The above Brave and Angel doesn’t feel two weeks abaft because he spent that time accomplishing baseball drills with his ancestor and brother.
“One affair I didn’t get was alive pitching,” Simmons said, “but hopefully I’ll get those in the abutting brace of canicule and be accessible as anon as possible.”
His anatomy is accessible for the rigors of a full, 162-game season, his 10th in the majors, he said. Serious abate sprains kept him off the acreage in anniversary of the accomplished three seasons, the accomplished two acquired by lunging for aboriginal abject while aggravating to exhausted out an infield hit. He absent a absolute of 105 accessible amateur in those three seasons but said his abate anesthetized the Twins’ concrete with no botheration this weekend.
“Everything looks acceptable and feels good,” he said.
His apperception is in bigger appearance now, too, the ambush added.
Shortly afterwards signing with the Twins, Simmons appear to a southern California bi-weekly anchorman that he had struggled with abasement during the communicable division aftermost summer, alike briefly had thoughts of suicide.
“It helped me. I anticipate bodies accept a little bigger now,” Simmons said of aperture up about the acumen he larboard the Angels four canicule afore the division ended. His wife, Gabriella, helped him acquisition the words to accurate himself to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register and “put it out there so I could be at ease,” he said. “I said my allotment and I achievement aggregate that was put out there was acceptable and bodies accept what me and maybe some added bodies accept to go through.”
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