ATLANTA With an injury-shortened season behind him and the World Baseball Classic looming, Andrelton Simmons caught up on his sleep this winter. He might need it.
The 23-year-old shortstop is one of the few Atlanta Braves still participating in the international tournament, and his native Netherlands team is set to shoulder the full weight of a global schedule. After spending some time in Orlando for Spring Training, Simmons is scheduled to arrive in Taichung, Taiwan, for the team's opening round of games beginning on March 2. With a few wins, trips to Tokyo and San Francisco might also be in the cards.
In total, Simmons, a rookie starter on last season's wild-card team, could travel more than 17,000 miles before returning to Disney's Wide World of Sports to re-join the club.
"I'm used to sleeping on planes, so I should be good," he said with a laugh.
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