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Ben Sheets to start Braves’ season finale and then retire

Oct 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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Tim Hudson was scheduled to start Atlanta’s season finale, but with the Wild Card spot locked up the Braves will rest him for the playoffs and instead turn to Ben Sheets for Game 162 against the Pirates.

Sheets hasn’t pitched since August 24 because of a shoulder injury and told reporters that he’ll retire after tomorrow’s start.

Sheets made a helluva comeback after not pitching in the majors at all last season, starting eight games with a 3.54 ERA for the Braves when they really needed the rotation help, but the 33-year-old right-hander is apparently tired of dealing with the injuries that have repeatedly sidetracked his career.

He’s expected to pitch two innings tomorrow versus Pittsburgh in what will be his 250th career start. Sheets is a four-time All-Star and his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.59 is the fourth-best among all active pitchers with at least 1,500 innings behind only Dan Haren, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee.

  1. theaxmancometh - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    A shame that injuries derailed what could’ve been a great career. Sheets had one of the best curveballs I’ve ever seen.

    • dickclydesdale - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      Chipper will also have an early retirement as Braves will lose in fridays wildcard game.

      • Kevin Gillman - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        Your first 4 letters of the name says it all for you, Dick.

  2. chill1184 - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Leave the game on a high note? Why the hell not?

  3. goskinsvt - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Good luck to the man!

  4. greymares - Oct 2, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    how many pitchers need to be rested for a 1 game playoff season?

  5. thebadguyswon - Oct 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    Best of luck Ben! Really enjoyed watching you pitch.

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