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Ben Sheets Starts First Game in Minors for Atlanta Braves

July 5th, 2012 at 9:57 AM
By Cody Fields

Newly signed Atlanta Braves pitcher Ben Sheets made his first start in nearly two years on Wednesday. He threw five innings for Double-A Mississippi to start his attempt at a comeback to the majors.

With a fastball clocked in the low 90s, consistent with his recent workouts, Sheets gave up four runs on five hits to the Jackson Generals, the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. He struck out six and walked one.

Sheets struggled at first but went on to retire the final 10 batters he faced.

Sheets will start again for Mississippi on Monday and is slated to throw 90 pitches over six innings. He will then be evaluated with the possibility of joining the Braves' rotation as soon as next week after the All-Star break.

"We didn't sign him to be a Minor League player," Wren told "We signed him to help us here."

Having missed 2009 and 2011 due to injuries, Sheets has not pitched in the Major Leagues since 2010. He is a four-time All-Star.

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