Call It A Comeback: Ben Sheets Is A Brave

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Remember Ben Sheets, who was a solid starter as a Brewer a few years ago? He’s ba-ack!
 
Sheets is attempting a return to prominence following a pair of elbow surgeries, and was just signed to a minor league contract by the Braves’ for their Double-A affiliate, Mississippi. Sheets missed the 2011 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, and was last with last with the Oakland A’s in 2010.
 
MLB Trade Rumors.com first reported that Sheets threw for scouts from the Phillies, Braves, Yankees, and Angels two weeks ago. The pitcher apparently wanted to wait until he was 100% before returning to baseball.
 
There’s also a good rundown of what transpired here from MLB Daily Dish, where David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution spoke with Braves general manager Frank Wren about the Sheets signing.
 
According to O’Brien, Sheets auditioned in a “five-inning simulated game” in front of a few teams at Georgia Tech on Thursday, and the Braves were “very impressed.” Could Sheets really make a comeback after Tommy John surgery? Of course Tommy John did, along with Mariano Rivera, Tim Hudson, Billy Wagner, David Wells, Francisco Liriano, Chris Carpenter, John Smoltz and others. A lot of big name pitchers there, and Sheets seems to have the drive to make it. This is a great low-risk signing by the very team that watched Sheets strike out 18 of their players in 2004. Ironic, huh?

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