The Atlanta Braves sure aren’t wasting any time. They signed former Brewers and Athletics righthander Ben Sheets to a minor-league contract on July 1, just nine days ago. He quickly suited up for the team’s Double-A affiliate, the Mississippi Braves, and made two starts — well, you wouldn’t even call them rehab starts, would you, because what, exactly is he rehabbing from? More than a year off of competitive baseball?
Anyway, he pitched reasonably well in start one, a bit better in start two, and now he’ll be pitching for the Braves against the Mets this weekend, according to Jon Heyman:
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 10, 2012
Sheets last pitched in the major leagues almost exactly two years ago, July 19, 2010 against the Red Sox, allowing two runs in six innings, before missing the rest of 2010 with injuries.
If he pitches that well Sunday, the Braves will be quite satisfied.