Minnesota Twins activate Andrelton Simmons from COVID-19 IL

Apr 8, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins shortstop Andrelton Simmons (9) throws the ball to first base for an out in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins activated shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the COVID-19 injured list on Monday.

Simmons is expected to be in the starting lineup Monday night when Minnesota opens a three-game series at the Cleveland Indians. He missed the past 10 games for the Twins, who are 2-8 without his services.

Simmons, 31, went on the IL on April 14. He was batting .355 with three doubles and three RBIs through 10 games in his first season with the Twins.

The four-time Gold Glove winner was off to a strong start after opting out late in the 2020 season when he was a member of the Los Angeles Angels. He later revealed the decision was due to depression and suicidal thoughts tied to longstanding mental health issues.

Read More: MLB power rankings: Takeaways from the season so far

Simmons played four seasons with the Atlanta Braves (2012-15) and five seasons with the Angels (2016-20) before signing a one-year, $10.5 million deal with Minnesota.

Simmons is a lifetime .270 hitter with 67 homers, 409 RBIs and 462 runs scored in 1,070 games.

Minnesota optioned infielder Nick Gordon to the taxi squad. Gordon, 25, was recalled Friday and didn’t appear in a game.

–Field Level Media