The Los Angeles Angels will likely be without 26-year old righty swinging starting SS Andrelton Simmons for an extended time as he needs surgery on his left thumb to repair torn ligaments. Simmons has played in 31 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 25 of 114 (.219 avg, .526 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs. Simmons was the big acquisition over the winter by the Angels, as he is the best defensive shortstop on the planet Earth right now. So this is a huge blow to the Angels moving forward. 31-year old switch-hitting Cliff Pennington will likely get the first shot to start in place of Simmons at SS. Pennington has played in 22 games for the Angels so far this year and he is only 7 of 40 (.175 avg, .592 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs.