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Angels lose shortstop Andrelton Simmons until July, the latest blow to the struggling, injury riddled team

Angels lose shortstop Andrelton Simmons until July, the latest blow to the struggling, injury riddled team

The last time Cliff Pennington batted 300 times in a season was four years ago. The Dodgers contacted his agent this off-season asking if he'd be interested in a hybrid role in which he would both hit and pitch.

Now, with Andrelton Simmons probably out until July, the Angels will ask Pennington to become the everyday shortstop on their reeling roster.

Simmons will soon undergo surgery to repair a full tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, the Angels announced Monday. He suffered the injury in the third inning of Sunday's loss to Tampa Bay and immediately exited the game.

After diving to his right to field a grounder hit...

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