Sheets said elbow feels great

Not only did the Braves get a tremendous lift from Ben Sheets’ six shutout innings Sunday in his first start in two years, but his surgically-repaired elbow responded well too.

“Good,” said Sheets Tuesday, when asked how his elbow felt coming off the outing, bending his arm back and forth. “Great….I’m Tony the Tiger.”

The upbeat Sheets told manager Fredi Gonzalez in essence the same thing earlier Tuesday afternoon when he saw him in the team’s weight room. It’s no small thing for a pitcher who turns 34 on Wednesday and has had two major elbow operations, one to repair a torn flexor tendon and another to repair his flexor and pronator tendons in addition to his ulnar collateral ligament.

Gonzalez said having a day off Monday is a plus too because he can give Sheets an extra day off before he pitches against Saturday against the Nationals. Gonzalez said he wasn’t sure whether Sheets would pitch in the first game or the second of the doubleheader that day; it depended on Sheets’ preference. Randall Delgado will pitch the other game.

As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, Major League Baseball is allowing teams to expand rosters to 26 players for doubleheaders now, so long as both teams can get their players from the minor leagues in time. Teams can make the move without a player using an “option” or requiring the player to stay in the minors 10 days afterward.

“It’s like a free move,” Gonzalez said.

19 comments Add your comment

the don of the real

July 17th, 2012
6:51 pm

Fredi’s managerial style is three sheets to the wind, so this is a perfect fit.

Bucky Badger

July 17th, 2012
7:05 pm

Ex Brewer, Ben Sheets to the Rescue!

Yogi Berra

July 17th, 2012
7:18 pm

Can’t believe Fredi runs out to jump the ump at 2nd. He was out !

BravesfaninWis

July 17th, 2012
7:25 pm

That was a cheap ass run, Blanco was clearly out at 2nd. May as well hire robots to be umpire, they aren’t near as blind as these worthless umpire they have right now.

the don of the real

July 17th, 2012
7:28 pm

@BravesfaninWis, Yeah, he was out, but the Bravos got a makeup call on “strike 3″ to Theriot which was over…the batters box line. lol.

Choppinmama

July 17th, 2012
8:08 pm

Thanks for the info, Carroll. I had been wondering how the “after” was going.

BravesfaninWis

July 17th, 2012
8:26 pm

Wow Jurrjens, must be a huge headache hitting the wall that hard. Giving up another run to the f’n pitcher you idiot. You looking at this Wren? Hope you are on the phone trying to get a pitcher, we all knew Jurrjens couldn’t get as lucky the rest of the season as he has the last few starts. Add Minor to the mix, and we have a train wreck. Can’t win them all, but how can a team look so good 7 games in a row and look this pathetic in the next? Pretty sad when a pitcher who hasn’t pitched in 2 years looks better than 2 of the starters in your staff.

8 hits, 5 runs ( at least) all these walks, and giving up hits and runs to the opposing pitcher. Send him to the minors where he belongs. His last 3 starts were a fluke, even a broken clock is right twice a day. Can’t even get a out in the 4th, what a joke.

BravesfaninWis

July 17th, 2012
8:31 pm

We have all seen this many of times. The Braves won 7 in a row, now they will start their 8 game losing streak. Look for the Nationals to win 6 or 7 of their games during that stretch so the Braves will be in 3rd or 4th place. Can’t even get a wild card spot like that. 8 runs in the 4th inning and still jot even a out. Wow boys, you sure can look awful in a very short amount of time. Unreal.

BravesfaninWis

July 17th, 2012
8:36 pm

Nats are winning their game late. I swear no matter how good the Braves play at times, they just can’t get it done. They are just not a first place caliber team.

BravesfaninWis

July 17th, 2012
8:38 pm

Pathetic, the Giants have all these hits and runs, and the Braves got their first hit in the 4th against a pitcher like Zito. Unreal.

brvs1fan

July 17th, 2012
8:44 pm

Try sex with a woman BravesfaninWis. Better yet try sex with anything. Man, woman, small farm animal. You have to do something to help youorself. U an ugly mess. Damn!!!!!!!!

HOF 10

July 17th, 2012
8:49 pm

First of all, I am not giving up on this game yet. 8-0 is not insurmountable. But as for Sheets, he’s being called high-risk-high-rewrd. Let’s change that. Let’s go medium risk, high reward. Why not sign him, tomorrow,for 3 years, $5 million? That’s one year of JJ. I think Sheets would take it, If he finishes out this year healthy, he will have good numers and sign elsewhere for one year at $5 mil.

Art

July 17th, 2012
9:03 pm

You know last year and earlier this year when Dan Uggla was hitting he was driving the ball to right center. For the last 6 weeks he has been trying to drive everything out of the stadium right down the left field line. If he got a pitch that 4 feet outside he would try to pull it down the line. Dan take time and hit the ball to right center and the hits to left will come. I realize that Dan or Gregg will not see this but wish they would.

Teddy B

July 18th, 2012
4:47 am

Can’t win em all ladies n gents….or even score in em all….or play decent in em all… hopefully they get this game locked away in the bad memory bank and start another phenomenal run tomorrow at the championship. Until Delgado’s up to pitch anyway, then we’re right back here again. The kid has talent but not enough of it yet, and Minor is just spotty he throws a good game and throws 3 bad ones.

We need another Ben Sheets or 2 and we’d be A- O.K. til the end of the season. Hope we wake these bats up too that game was terrible tonight offensively and defensively (pitching wise).

Teddy B

July 18th, 2012
4:49 am

I like Ben Sheets. A lot. He’s come a long way, but for those calling to extend him right now, please don’t get Wren any ideas. We sign him to a multi year deal and Heaven knows he’ll go out and blow his elbow apart on the very first pitch of his next game. Lets take our time and make sure he’s structurally sound before handing out potentially bad money please.

say what?

July 18th, 2012
8:44 am

Some really weak “fans” that post in hear. braves win 7 in a row and drop one and now the season is over… yikes

Clay Carroll

July 18th, 2012
9:05 am

How many Mondays are there this week?

Don

July 18th, 2012
11:29 am

Where was the GREATEST CHANCE of being INJURED?
(A) Being a soldier in IRAQ;
(B) Being a soldier in AFGANASTAN;
(C) Being a Braves Starting PITCHER.

Nick

July 18th, 2012
11:44 am

It’s time the elephant in the room gets addressed. Why is it that every Braves article I read has typos? Every single one. Apparently there’s no proofreading nor crying in baseball. (”before he pitches against Saturday against the Nationals”) Just saying.

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