Sheets to pitch in sim-game conditions Monday

NEW YORK -- Ben Sheets will pitch three simulated innings against Braves hitters on Monday at Milwaukee as he continues his rehab from shoulder inflammation. There are no plans to return him to Atlanta’s starting rotation unless something happens with one of current five starters.

Sheets has been on the 15-day DL since Aug. 25, and got a cortisone shot to aid the recovery. He said his shoulder felt “great” when he threw a side session in the bullpen Friday.

The former Braves All-Star was out of baseball nearly two seasons after major elbow surgery in 2010, and the Braves signed Sheets to a minor league contract July 1. After two minor league starts, he went 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA in his first three big-league starts for the Braves, then 1-4 with a 5.34 ERA in his next five before going on the DL.

Shutout streak

When Paul Maholm and five relievers combined on a five-hitter in Friday’s 3-0 win against the Mets, it was only the second time the Braves had used six pitchers in a shutout. The other was exactly 10 years earlier against Montreal on Sept. 7, 2002, when Greg Maddux was the starter.

Friday’s game was also the third consecutive shutout for the Braves, the first time they pitched three consecutive shutouts since Sept. 4-7, 2002, against Pittsburgh and Montreal. Yes, the last pair of three-shutout streaks by Braves pitchers also ended with the last pair of six-pitcher shutouts for the Braves.

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Nuh Uh

September 8th, 2012
6:50 pm

BusterBrave

September 8th, 2012
9:06 pm

Georgia football game is goin’ on, will be good to have Sheets ready to go if we have injury or problems with the starters…….never have enough pitchin’…..

reckingball

September 9th, 2012
12:31 am

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reckingball

September 9th, 2012
12:31 am

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Casey

September 9th, 2012
2:09 am

I believe that paragraph should read that Sheets was a former BREWERS all-star.

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September 9th, 2012
10:00 am

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Keith

September 9th, 2012
12:14 pm

So does that mean he will be doing bullpen sessions? Will he be in the bullpen or just on standby to start if needed?

Clydesdale

September 10th, 2012
2:20 pm

I’d give him the start over Hanson down the stretch and move Hanson to the bullpen. I’d like to see Hanson throwing 93 mph again even if it is only 12 pitches per outing.

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