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Ben Sheets begins comeback with five innings at Double-A

Jul 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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Three days after signing with the Braves on a minor-league deal Ben Sheets officially began his comeback at Double-A, throwing five innings yesterday in his first game action since 2010.

Sheets got off to a rough start, allowing back-to-back triples to open the game, and gave up four runs on five hits overall. On the plus side he also recorded six strikeouts versus just one walk and retired the final 10 batters he faced, saying afterward that it felt “like riding a bike … it all comes back to you.”

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that his fastball was clocked in the low-90s, which is ultimately more important than how many runs he allowed while shaking off the rust, and he’s scheduled to start again Monday.

General manager Frank Wren has made it clear that the Braves didn’t sign Sheets to keep him in the minors for very long and there’s been speculation that he could join the rotation shortly after the All-Star break.

  1. darthicarus - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    4 runs, 5 hits, 6 K’s…so he’s in midseason form already?

  2. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    I could’ve imagined it going a lot worse. Definitely encouraging to see those velocity numbers.

  3. onbucky96 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Hope Ben can comeback. He was awesome for the Crew when healthy.

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