It’s rare for a player to succeed at this; it's even rarer for someone with Sheets’ injury history. But after a solid Double-A rehab start, Sheets could be pitching for the Braves soon:
Ben Sheets gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings during his second start with the M-Braves. The four-time All-Star threw 89 pitches, including 58 strikes. Only two of the runs were earned. The 33-year-old right-hander allowed seven hits — all singles — while striking out four. His fastball was consistently around 90-91 mph.
When the Braves first signed Sheets, they said they’d evaluate him after two starts, one of about 75 pitches, the other of about 90. He’s accomplished that with no injury issues and good results both in velocity and opposing team hits and runs.
The Braves have been seeking help for their rotation; though no official announcement regarding Sheets’ status has yet been made, based on all of that, we could be seeing him in Atlanta soon.