Sheets' last start in the majors was in July 2010. The Braves signed him to a minor league deal, and Sheets impressed enough in his two rehab starts to possibly join the Braves' rotation. He has a 5.06 ERA and allowed 12 hits and one walk in Double-A Mississippi. He struck out 10 batters in 10 2/3 innings, and his fastball had some life as it topped out at 93 mph.
Sheets will throw a side session at Turner Field on Thursday, and the Braves will then decide whether he will start for the big league club on Sunday against the New York Mets or make another rehab start in the minors. Sheets has a career 3.79 ERA.
The 34-year-old Sheets will likely replace either Randall Delgado or Mike Minor. Both have shown flashes of brilliance, but have been marked by inconsistency. The Braves have also looked into the trade market, as they have scouted the Brewers' Zack Greinke as well as the Chicago Cubs' Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Ben Sheets, Matt Garza, Mike Minor, Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Randall Delgado, Ryan Dempster, Zack Greinke