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.
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.