MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have been eagerly awaiting the addition of Andrelton Simmons to their infield this season.… MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins have been eagerly awaiting the addition of Andrelton Simmons to their infield this season. Having him and his famous glove at camp was even worth an extra wait. “It’s nice to see a guy there who can do things. He has his own style of shortstop play, his own actions that are really unique to him, and he seemed to be doing well, ”said manager Rocco Baldelli after watching Simmons during his first practice on the field with the team on Sunday. The Twins left the Grapefruit League exhibition circuit on Monday, but not Simmons. He had to do some catch-up at the spring training complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The Curacao native was unable to leave the Caribbean island country until his travel documents – the recent spate of extreme winter conditions are delaying paperwork – were fully processed. Then, of course, he had to clear the COVID-19 protocols when he arrived at the camp. “I wouldn’t say stuck like that, because I was with family, so it was good,” Simmons said. “But I’m just happy that everything just turned out and that I was finally able to be with the guys.” Visa delays for major league players from foreign countries happen every spring, but the wait for Simmons has been unusually long. He made the most of the situation by training with his father and brother to try and stay in shape, although dealing with live pitching was part of the regimen that was lacking. Simmons, who signed a one-year, $ 10.5 million contract with the Twins, now has just over three weeks to get his swing in shape for the season opener on April 1. restart things a little more. Focus increases automatically. Anytime that happens, whenever I feel comfortable and the manager wants to put me in there, I’ll be good to go and try to lock myself up as early as possible for everything. world, ”Simmons said. For five years with the Los Angeles Angels, Simmons hit .281, so he’s not automatic. The main motivation to take it back, allowing the more attack-oriented Jorge Polanco to move up to second base, was clearly the upgrade of defense by the four-time Gold Glove winner. “He’s an elite shortstop in our game, and I’m really excited to play alongside him. I think we can have some great games throughout the year, ”said third baseman Josh Donaldson. Severe ankle sprains in each of the past three seasons have limited Simmons’ impact, costing him more than 100 possible games during that time, but he said on Sunday he was feeling fresh. This also applies to his mental health. Shortly after signing with the Twins last month, Simmons told the Orange County Register that the reason he chose not to participate in the final week of the Angels program was due to severe depression and suicidal thoughts triggered in part by off-court. isolation from playing through the pandemic in 2020. “It was a little tough, but I think my wife helped me spread it out so I could be comfortable and let it out in a way. It helped me. I think people understand a little better now, ”Simmons said. “I hope everything that aired was good and people understand what I and maybe others are going through. I’m happy with how everything turned out. ___ More AP MLB coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
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