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Braves to call up Ben Sheets for Sunday’s start

Jul 10, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Braves will call up Sheets to start Sunday against the Mets, in Atlanta.

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Ben Sheets made his second Double-A start yesterday, tossing 5.2 innings of three-run ball as the oft-injured former All-Star tries to make it back to the majors with the Braves.

Sheets was hurt by his defense late in the game, so his final line probably undersells his effectiveness. He struck out four, walked none, and allowed seven hits without giving up a homer.

Through two starts he has a 10/1 K/BB ratio and reports of his low-90s velocity have been encouraging, but Double-A batters are hitting .279 off him.

He threw 89 pitches yesterday, so Sheets is stretched out enough that the Braves could add him to their rotation at any time if they deem him ready and upon signing him to a minor-league deal they indicated that the 33-year-old wouldn’t be asked to remain in the minors for very long.

  1. atlsp - Jul 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    He’s been named Sunday’s starter for the Braves

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 10, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Question Aaron! Why haven’t you been blocked from receiving Heyman’s Twitter reports?

  3. southpaw2k - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I kinda wish I could be sitting next to Craig during this game to watch his head explode while Sheets is pitching.

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