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Ben Sheets Injury: Braves Pitcher Throws Simulated Game

Braves pitcher Ben Sheets threw two innings of a simulated game at Milwaukee's Miller Park on Monday as he continues his rehab from shoulder inflammation, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien.

Sheets was placed on the 15-day Disabled List on Aug. 25 with right shoulder soreness, after going 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA in his three prior starts. The former Brewer struggled with injuries throughout his career in Milwaukee and had not pitched since 2010 after elbow surgery, but Sheets posted a 1.41 ERA in his first five starts with Atlanta, showing good velocity on his fastball and flashing the plus curve that served him well during his prime.

When Sheets struggled during his final few starts, the fastball command and curveball break lacked.

O'Brien says Sheets, once activated, will assume a bullpen role with Atlanta, though he could return to starting duty if necessary.

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