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Ben Sheets opts for elbow surgery again

Aug 3, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

As expected, Ben Sheets has decided to undergo season-ending elbow surgery after being diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon last month.
Sheets missed all of last season following elbow surgery, so his career could be in jeopardy at this point and he’s unlikely to be much of factor in 2011 even if things go smoothly.

It won’t be the same, it will be slightly different, but I ain’t medical enough to talk in terms. It will be a significantly long time again. Probably about 12 months, I think, then I’ll be back dominating.

Signed to a one-year, $10 million deal this offseason, Sheets went 4-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 20 starts for the A’s before being shut down.

  1. bbeer - Aug 3, 2010 at 3:57 PM

    I think your “dominating” days are pretty much over Mr. Sheets.

  2. APBA Guy - Aug 3, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    He was at the Mausoleum last night, commiserating with his pitching brethren and he got to see the White Rabbit’s 3 hit CG shutout. Or maybe he was there to watch them filming “Moneyball” in the afternoon. In any event, when he comes off the DL and is back in shape he’ll be 34 and will have played only 4 months in 3 years. It’s good to think positive but “dominating” is not a word I would have chosen.

  3. JBerardi - Aug 3, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    The Oakland As, where careers go to die.

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