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Ben Sheets Injury: Braves Righty To Pitch Simulated Game Monday

Braves right-hander Ben Sheets will throw several simulated innings Monday in Milwaukee, though Atlanta does not plan on returning him to the rotation soon, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's David O'Brien says.

Sheets won each of his first three starts with the Braves and looked dominant doing so, posting a 0.50 ERA over that span. The veteran righty never quite looked the same in his next five starts en route to a 1-4 record with a 5.34 ERA.

Sheets' fastball command was lacking, and the hammer curveball which struck so many batters out before turned eminently hittable. Atlanta finally disabled Sheets on Aug. 25 with shoulder inflammation, and he received a cortisone shot recently to help reduce swelling.

Injuries come as no surprise for Sheets. He had been out of Major League Baseball since 2010 thanks to elbow surgery until the Braves signed him July 1 after he worked out for the team at Georgia Tech.

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