Sheets pitches “sim” game in return to Miller Park

Milwaukee – Throwing two innings a simulated game hours before batting practice is not the way Ben Sheets envisioned his return to Miller Park. But the Braves right-hander seemed at peace in the place where he made four All-Star teams in eight years before elbow injuries derailed his career.

When asked if it was bittersweet not to be scheduled to pitch in this series, Sheets said: “Not really. I pitched here so long, if I didn’t have to pitch against them I’d prefer not to.”

Sheets faced hitters Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list on Aug. 25 with shoulder inflammation. When asked if he could get out major league hitters with the pitches he had, he said: “I feel like when I feel good, I’ll get them out. The problem is feeling good. And I felt good today.”

If Sheets’ shoulder continues to respond, and the Braves activate him from the disabled list, they would put him in the bullpen and have him available for spot start duty if needed. He’s told Gonzalez he’s game for whatever role is needed.

“If it’s pitching in one inning at a time, or it’s pitching long relief, or starting, or it’s sitting there and just watching, whatever they think is best for this team,” Sheets said. ‘I’m a big boy. If I’m not the answer in there, that’s OK. If they think I can help, that’s OK too.”

Sheets went 4-1 with a 1.41 ERA in his first five starts with the Braves and 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in his past three. While his shoulder is improving, Sheets doesn’t know whether this year has been enough to show him he should try to return next season as well.

“I’ll cross that (bridge) later,” Sheets said. “But I don’t know. I’ll let you know that it’s very tough with the stuff I have now. It’s a mental grind. We’ll see. The game is a lot tougher than it was four years ago for me.”

16 comments Add your comment

chipl1960

September 10th, 2012
8:10 pm

Thanks for your contributions Ben. Without his 4 wins where would we be now? Oh, and first.

BravesfaninWis

September 10th, 2012
10:58 pm

Lol. You picked one hell of a time to pitch like your useless, pathetic self Durbin. Sorry, but if you can’t beat the Brewers this late in the season, you don’t deserve jack crap. Instead of figuring out a way to win this game, Fredi Gonzalez looks like a putz going out and getting a pitcher that he left in a game far to long. So glad I decided to keep my money and not go watch these guys choke away a series against a team they should be beating this late in the season. Oh well, there is always next year right boys? To hell with that.

BravesfaninWis

September 10th, 2012
11:13 pm

For a team that has been pretty good at running the bases this season, they sure look f’n horrible in this game running the bases. Wasted opportunity after wasted opportunity in this one. Not sure if you boys realize it or not, but the season is winding down, and the Brewers are a team that you need to be beating. I can see it now, they will win one of the two wild card spots, then lose the head to head playoff elimination game. That would be fitting of this team. That seems to be their team motto huh? Get so close then choke.

BravesfaninWis

September 10th, 2012
11:15 pm

Ok, here we go. Down by 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th. They will go down in order and not even put up a fight.

BravesfaninWis

September 10th, 2012
11:17 pm

10 hits and only 1 run? Wow, that is PATHETIC.

Michael Kelly

September 10th, 2012
11:37 pm

BravesfaninWis,
You are a tool.
Always next year? We lost one of the last 6 I think. MLB jut ranked us a top 5 team. Really? Brewers have been hitting and winning and that is a nasty lineup. Braun is one of the best players in the game. Honestly, your remarks sound silly. If you admit to tyin’ one on tonight and spouting s**t, then fine. Otherwise, you sound really silly.
MK

Michael Kelly

September 10th, 2012
11:41 pm

Oh yeah and if you are truly a fan in WIS why weren’t you at the game?
I have a 2 1/2 month old and a 3 yr old. I live in NYC and I took the whole family out to Citi yesterday just so I could tell them one day they saw Chipper Jones play his last game in NYC (Unless we end playin the Yanks in the WS this year) You are no fan, at least not one they want.
MK

Larry

September 11th, 2012
12:33 am

I have always like Ben Sheets, especially now that I can hear him interviewed instead of simply reading about his outings. He does not mince words like a lot of athletes do. Ben says exactly what’s on his mind.
Kudos again Ms Rogers on another well scripted piece.

hawaiibravefan

September 11th, 2012
12:34 am

lol BravesfaninWis you feel better now that you are releasing your anger towards a blog? Take a chill pill dude.

TheOnlyBravesFan

September 11th, 2012
6:01 am

OhEddie

September 11th, 2012
7:42 am

Ben gives some of the most honest interviews in sports.

HAL

September 11th, 2012
9:17 am

the game tinight was decided on bourn loserers magestic fly out to center i wonder if boris still thinks that pos is a hundred milion dollar player i certainly hope he does cause that wil leave us out of the running and dont let the door hit you micheal lol

Alan

September 11th, 2012
9:21 am

At least Sheets doesn’t cry like Struggla did if he can’t play.

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BobbyDawg

September 11th, 2012
3:17 pm

I think Fredi is doing the right thing with Ben. Maybe his arm isn’t strong enough to go all out in the rotation, but his heart sure is.

HAL

September 12th, 2012
1:25 pm

do you idiot bozos even know that a player sgould be mad when he dosent play ? No…dident think so this should be called black idiot braves blog lol

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