Both are OK to play but are a little “banged up” from last week’s series in Washington. McCann’s knee started bothering him after playing on what he said is a really hard surface in the area around home plate at Nationals Park. Simmons fouled a ball off his left leg in his last at-bat Wednesday against Nationals reliever Craig Stammen.
“He plays so hard and he’s a little banged up right now,” Gonzalez said of Simmons. “We’ve done it in the past with him, keeping an eye on him and give him a little breather. Same thing with Mac, (rest) him today then with the off day tomorrow give him two days and keep him fresh, charged up for the rest of the season.”