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Cubs move on from Andrelton Simmons with DFA amid infield logjam

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Cubs walking away from Simmons with DFA amid infield traffic jam originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

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When cubs signed Andrelton Simmons in March, it looked like he would get the most shortstop time this season as Nico Horner is also working in fair amounts.

That plan never came to fruition, and the Cubs parted ways with the veteran, reassigning him to the mission on Saturday.

“Andrelton was nothing more than a professional,” said manager David Ross. “It’s just that this year hasn’t gone the way any of us expected.

“Let’s start with shoulder pain. He never had a shoulder problem in his career and just dealt with it and tried to come back.”

The Cubs signed four-time Golden Glove winner Simmons to a one-year contract after the MLB lockout to bolster their inside defense with a contact-focused starting rotation.

But he only played one game in a shortened spring practice before pulling out with a sore shoulder that delayed his regular season debut until mid-May.

By then, Horner was well on his way to establishing himself as a reliable everyday shortstop option. After Horner returned from an ankle injury in late May, the Cubs stated: he will stay for a short time, with Simmons sliding into second place.

Simmons returned to the injured list with a shoulder problem right before the All-Star break, and although he recently entered rehab, it was hard to find a suitable place for him in the infield picture.

“Honestly, there’s no place for him,” Ross said of Simmons.

The Cubs have a tight depth chart with versatility between Horner, Patrick Wisdom, Christopher Morel, Zach McKinstry, all of whom can play at least two positions.

Morel and McKinstry can play multiple positions, including shortstop, and the Cubs have David Bothe in Triple-A Iowa if they need to call an infielder in a pinch.

Nick Madrigal also returned from IL this week, and the Cubs want him to be consistent at-bats.

Ross, who said he spoke to Simmons on Friday, praised the veteran shortstop and how he carried himself during his time with the team.

“A phenomenal person, a great professional,” Ross said. “I will miss him personally; really good talk.

“Just one of those situations that he understood very well. It’s part of baseball.”

In 35 games, Simmons hit .173/.244/.187.

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