Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the season with the Los Angeles Angels.
According to sources, the decision stemmed from concerns about COVID-19 and how it might impact members of Simmons' family, particularly with American League teams that are still not mathematically eliminated required to quarantine for potential postseason games beginning Tuesday.
The Angels remain mathematically in the race for the second wild card and second place in the AL West.
In a statement released through his agency, ISE, Simmons said: "I have made the decision to opt out of the remainder of this season. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association developed an environment and system that empowered players and provided us the opportunity to decide on whether to play or opt out of the season. At this moment, I feel this is the best decision for me and for my family. We don't know what the future holds, but we would like to sincerely thank the Angels organization and Angels fans for welcoming and making us feel at home."
Simmons missed some time because of an ankle sprain earlier this season and batted .297/.346/.356 with no home runs in 127 plate appearances.