Sheets says “dead arm” not an issue, just normal body soreness

Ben Sheets is one of the beneficiaries of a little extra rest in the next two weeks as part of the Braves plan to go to a six-man rotation when Tommy Hanson returns from the disabled list Friday.

After Sheets gave up five runs in six innings Sunday night against the Mets, broadcasters suggested he might be experiencing “dead arm” a common phenomenon pitchers go through during spring training as they get their arms in shape.

But Sheets said Tuesday he would characterize it more as “dead body” now that he’s six starts into his comeback after two years out of baseball following multiple elbow operations.

“My whole body felt dead,” Sheets said. “I was like ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ guy. I was like Bernie.”

Sheets characterized it all as normal soreness and said he’s felt better coming off his last start.

“Soreness is going to come,” Sheets said. “One day it’s my back, my hip, my shoulder, my elbow, my wrist, my butt, my toe, my head. It’s just pretty normal. It’s like going to the gym when you’re building up. You’re going to be sore. If you’re going to get stronger, you’re going to get sore.”

Sheets said the soreness has come mostly between starts but he has felt the same once he gets on the mound. His fastball was still 88-91 mph Sunday, occasionally touching 92 mph but he wasn’t quite as sharp with location.

“Everybody else goes through it, I don’t know why I wouldn’t,” said Sheets, who is still 4-2 with a 2.13 ERA. “It isn’t why I didn’t have very good success (against the Mets). If you look at the stuff, the stuff was identical. I felt identical. I felt good out there.”

Sheets said he has no problem with going to a six-man rotation, though. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pointed out on Tuesday that he’s actually been using off days to create a virtual six-man rotation for much of the season anyway. Braves starters have a 3.60 ERA in 38 starts this season on five days’ rest, compared to a 4.24 ERA in 57 starts on four days’ rest.

“If we’ve got to go three-man, or 10-man, I don’t care,” Sheets said. “…Whatever can help this team I’m going to do.”

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DOB Needs To Ask TOUGHER Questions

August 14th, 2012
6:27 pm

First…TIP O D CAP FOR ME!

DOB Needs To Ask TOUGHER Questions

August 14th, 2012
6:30 pm

Now…where was I? Oh yea. You just have to tip your cap to Wren for picking up Sheets from the “scrap heap” as all the Kool Aid writers have mentioned countless times. And by the way, what do you get when you go to the scrap heap? Exactly. (S)Crap. But, if you must tip your cap for getting him from the scrap heap, can we complain about Ben Sheets (BS) being (s)crap? Anyways…ATTA BOY FRANKIE!

Steve

August 14th, 2012
6:35 pm

“DOB needs to Ask TOUGHER Questions I assure you nobody cares if you are “first.” Get a life and grow up.

Who Me?

August 14th, 2012
6:43 pm

ummm hello….this isn’t DOB, it’s Carol writing this blog tonight…

BravesWin

August 14th, 2012
6:45 pm

Sheets was bound to have the “sores” after returning. A little bat music would go a long way toward helping our pitching staff.

Rotate 6 times

August 14th, 2012
6:48 pm

And while we’re applauding the Sheets move by Wren, here’s a reminder it’s sometimes better to be lucky than to be good. For Wren and the Braves, the good luck may be landing Paul Maholm instead of Ryan Dempster, who has allowed 19 runs, 16 earned, in three starts with Rangers.

BravesWin

August 14th, 2012
6:57 pm

I see the Maholm pick up as the better, too…if Sheets can hang in there it would be double-good luck.

"Chef" Tim Dix

August 14th, 2012
7:07 pm

One day it’s my back, my hip, my shoulder, my elbow, my wrist, my butt, my toe, my head.

These are the only things Sheets and I have in common.

John

August 14th, 2012
7:14 pm

@Rotate 6 time…I dont think we would have uncovered the Dumpster problem until we got to the World Series…

Rotate 6 times

August 14th, 2012
7:20 pm

Dumpster. lol

Teddy B

August 14th, 2012
7:21 pm

Ben Sheets has done a heck of a job considering where he was a year ago. Good for him, he won us 4 games and hopefully he’ll win more. I don’t agree with the ESPN guys, he’s still getting warmed up and he’ll be good to go once he gets in the routine.

VinceVanGo

August 14th, 2012
7:28 pm

You want a pitching discussion, here we go. When the Braves had the Big Three they had two pitchers, Maddux & Glavine, and one pitcher/thrower, Smoltz. Smoltz could both pitch and throw, we all know that. Sheets was a thrower but now he is having to become a pitcher. Maholm, Hudson & Medlen are pitchers. Minor has been a thrower but is moving towards being a pitcher. But now to Hanson. He is a thrower and nothing more. He is also a thrower with an awkward delivery. He will never have a long career because of it and the Braves would be well advised to trade him in the winter while they can get a prospect or two for him. I think Wren knows it and will do so. The only thing that will prevent it is if Hanson wins out for the rest of the year, which I doubt. If he does I will have been proved wrong and eat crow.

Max Sizemore

August 14th, 2012
8:21 pm

Don’t forget, while in L.A. Dempster can do his Haray Caray imitation.

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Disgusted

August 14th, 2012
9:01 pm

Dead arm or not, Sheets has done more than we could have expected.

We have to wait and see what he has left down the stretch. Did we really think he would come in and step in the rotation right away and have 4 impact games?

I hope he has two or three more W’s left in him, guy did have some major injuries.

Disgusted

August 14th, 2012
9:04 pm

And while we’re applauding the Sheets move by Wren, here’s a reminder it’s sometimes better to be lucky than to be good. For Wren and the Braves, the good luck may be landing Paul Maholm instead of Ryan Dempster, who has allowed 19 runs, 16 earned, in three starts with Rangers.

How true — I would have preferred Malholm anyway cause Dumpster has had injury issues this yr anyway and he is younger. Also, there is another yr option on PM.

PM is having his best yr and we are getting a taste of it. Lucky us.

Ken Stallings

August 14th, 2012
9:11 pm

Some of the astute bloggers here already mentioned that this is merely the same soreness that pitchers go through during spring training. The sole issue is that Sheets did not go through spring training this season. He will work through it and I think by the time September rolls around he will be pitching solid again. The man has excellent control and that allows an 88-89 mph fastball to be very effective. He’s not someone I am worried about.

Hanson is the wild card. If he can get it together (and frankly I’m not holding my breath) then the Braves are loaded for post-season.

milt famey

August 14th, 2012
9:19 pm

@Disgusted, you are right on about PM being better than Dempster, and we still have Delgado. Also, Greinke has an ERA just under 6.00 in 3 starts for LAA since being traded and he would have stripped our farm system.

Gumbo

August 14th, 2012
9:47 pm

Vince, Agree with you on the Hanson assessent…He needs to either learn to “pitch” or he will be a distant memory in a year….

Kentavo

August 14th, 2012
10:30 pm

Three-man! Oh never mind, reminded me of college.

I had a good fastball, but my breaking stuff didn't

August 15th, 2012
1:30 am

I’ve pitched, high school, college, A and AA. Sheets is just having the arm fatigue now, he might take a bit more to get over it, he hasn’t pitched AT ALL in two seasons. He’ll be fine, though. As long as he stays pain free, he will be fine.
VINCEVANGO, you are spot on, 100% correct sir, in every point. If the last point turns out wrong, I’ll help with the crow eating.

Jimmy Crack

August 15th, 2012
7:20 am

BRING BACK DAN KOLB!!!

longtimefan

August 15th, 2012
8:45 am

FW is one of the better GMs in MLB. Any GM can sign the obvious megastars to huge contracts and essentially “buy” a team-see Yankees and Phillies. Wren has presided over the draft which as netted some excellent talent the last 5 years and judiciously traded an signed some good players. The team meshes. He has money coming off the books next year. I look forward to seeing his moves.

urban redneck

August 15th, 2012
10:16 am

holy shirt. i have never seen so many positive comments about wren. surely someone on here will call him a bum.

move big red to the pen until someone gets injured. two of our current starters are pretty injury prone. go bravos.

[...] Dave O’Brien of the AJC reports, however, that it’s a far greater problem: But Sheets said Tuesday he would characterize it more as “dead body” now that he’s six starts into his comeback after two years out of baseball following multiple elbow operations. [...]

Morris Code

August 15th, 2012
10:27 am

Congrats on being first. I’ve been trying for two years to be first. What an honor.

Amber Girl

August 15th, 2012
11:01 am

Good morning Mr Morris Code Longtime. How about my man Prado going yickkety?

Morris Code

August 15th, 2012
11:25 am

Top of the day to you Amber. How goes it? Why are you not in school today?

HOF 10

August 15th, 2012
11:27 am

Hey Amber girl. Sorry to hear about Whiskey River. I am sure that a lot of us you might not be much aware of enjoyed his posts and feel badly about your loss.

Looks like the 6-man rotation will help Sheets. Maybe we can pull a pitcher early if he doesn’t have his stuff, before the game gets out of hand and bring in the next guy and essentially go 5-man for a spell and then back to 6-man. Whatever happens, it’ll be interesting.

wayn-o

August 15th, 2012
11:32 am

I’ve always been a Wren supporter, Yes he’s made some bad decisions (Lowe, McClouth, KK), but he’s done a good job with a limited budget. It’s hard to build a team while hoarding as many prospects as you can.

JJ & Hanson will be gone by 2013 starts, we all know this.

Amber Girl

August 15th, 2012
11:44 am

@Mr Morris Code My school starts tomorrow. I am not ready but got to go.I am fine.just busy getting everything together. Got new boyfriend I hope. I am so proud that my favorite player went yickkety last nite.

Amber Girl

August 15th, 2012
11:46 am

@Mr HOF 10 Thank you for your condolences. Trying to move on. School starting will help me mentally.

Banned

August 15th, 2012
11:56 am

If anyone uses yickety again (including Jim Powell) they should be banned from baseball forever.

WeBurn

August 15th, 2012
11:57 am

So he has a self-described “Dead Body”, but we’re counting on him to help get us to the playoffs? Not good.

Amber Girl

August 15th, 2012
12:04 pm

Mr Banned. What is wrong with yickkety? I like it. PRADO WENT YICKKETY.

BillEGoat

August 15th, 2012
1:42 pm

Frabk Wren does a good job with TRADES, but he does have problems when he signs players to long-term contracts. He seems to be able evaluate players correctly in trades, but when it comes to evaluating a player for a long-term contract, his skills diminish. Lowe, Kawakami, and now Uggla are examples of the latter. Qurestion: Have the Braves EVER been able to re-sign a Scott Boras client after that player has been traded to Atlanta? I cannot think of any, so I am pretty sure that Bourn will go elsewhere for 2013.

bobbymahlon

August 15th, 2012
3:06 pm

One of the broadcasters last night said it was a good game until Prado hit the three run homer. I guess he owes all of us and apology.

Del

August 15th, 2012
3:08 pm

I sure hope Ross is in the lineup today. In fact, I would like to see Ross become the primary catcher thru the end of the season and let McOut be the backup. McCann’s performance doesn’t deserve the #1 position. Batting him fifth last night was pure nonsense. What say you?

Amber Girl

August 15th, 2012
3:08 pm

@Mr bobbymahlon May I ask why it is so bad that Mr Prado went yickkety?

mike/ with braves fever

August 15th, 2012
3:38 pm

To all the ones out there talkin trash bout the braves,FW,FG, Sheet . The braves are havin one of there best years, epecially with all the young talent we have. With this talent this team has a GREAT chance maken the playoff spot as a wild card or even the division. This city needs to get a fever ( A BRAVES FEVER LIKE THE YEAR OF 91!). So stop all the trash talk bout what the BRAVES arent doin and ENJOY what this team is doin! Cause next year is gona be alot different with all the trades an CHIPPER Retiring. I”ve been a BRAVES FAN all my life an im here to let everyone know that this team is foreal! They all know what happened last year.. I cant wait till PLAYOFFS start and everyone that talks trash bout my home team can kiss it where the sun dont shine! GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GB's Hamburgers

August 15th, 2012
5:57 pm

It’s all so clear now …. how Melky got so good after leaving Atlanta.

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