After a nearly two year retirement, the Braves signed Sheets after the All-Star break. Though he allowed just five runs in total over his first five starts, his last three starts have been less than stellar as he compiled a 7.71 ERA over those.
"I can pitch at this level. I just need to be at 100 percent," Sheets said. "I've dealt with it my whole life. Normally you can pitch through it and you can make a turn for the better. But we don't have that kind of time."
Sheets initially asked for two days of extra rest before his Aug. 6 start against the Philadelphia Phillies when he began to have discomfort in the area. He was among the pitchers Fredi Gonzalez wanted to give some extra rest when he temporarily implemented the six-man rotation.
"It's nothing serious, but maybe the 15 days off could recharge him a little bit and get him back on track,"
The move comes less than 24 hours after Sheets was touched for four runs on nine hits in just 4 1/3 innings against the San Francisco Giants. Sheets said he simply couldn't finish his pitches.
"I feel like if I just had, not the extra velocity, just the finish on the ball, it would get by them," Sheets said. "It's just not getting by them. They can foul off my tough pitch."
The Braves called up Miguel Batista from Triple-A Gwinnett to round out the bullpen.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Ben Sheets, MLB