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Sheets done for season, possibly career

Posted on: July 28, 2010 6:05 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2010 9:41 pm
 

Ben Sheets It was the worst-case scenario for Ben Sheets: a torn flexor tendon that will require surgery to fix, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle .

Sheets missed all of 2009 with the exact same injury and surgery, so the road back will be rough. In 20 starts on the year, Sheets had a 4.53 ERA for the Athletics, making $10 million in his first season not with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The 31-year-old will likely not pitch until the end of the 2011 season, and even that is optimistic. It's possible the surgery could be a career-ender, although Jason Jennings had the surgery twice and is rehabbing with the Athletics. Jennings cobbled together several solid seasons for the Rockies before going under the knife for the first time in August 2007 after starting the season poorly with the Astros.

Jennings then joined the Rangers and underwent surgery again without throwing an official major-league pitch. He was able to return later in the season and make six (terrible) starts. In 2009, he was converted to relief and appeared out of the bullpen through August. He was so bad in August, however, that he was designated for assignment.

He signed a minor-league deal with the Athletics for 2010 and is currently on a throwing program -- he has not thrown an official professional pitch at all after imploding in spring training. Coming back from a second torn flexor tendon certainly requires quite a lot of work and time away from the game.

It's a tough blow for Sheets, and no one would blame him for walking away from the game. He's made millions, been considered one of the best pitchers in the game and has put his arm on the line twice now. He'll have a rough go of it in 2011, as he will be a free agent. It will be tough to find someone willing to ink him to a minor-league deal and pay a salary on top of all the rehabilitation work.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 12, 2011 1:25 pm
 

Sheets done for season, possibly career

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Since: Oct 24, 2009
Posted on: July 29, 2010 2:44 pm
 

Sheets done for season, possibly career

You all need to get a life.  Most of these posts were about the grammer of the writer or about the people who corrected the writer.  Save the English lesson for your kids!!  Next time write something worth while.  Ben Sheets is a mediocre pitcher with, now, a bleek future.  Who cares...Ben Sheets like pitchers are a dime a dozen. 



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Sheets done for season, possibly career

yeah and proofread, is 2 words....get a life



Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:40 am
 

Sheets done for season, possibly career

I laughed for days when I saw the A's signed Ben Sheets. Being a Brewers fan I saw this injury coming a mile away. The Brewers aren't any better than the A's, but at least we aren't as stupid to "roll the dice" on Sheets for another season. The A's rolled a die on Sheets expecting a 7 to come up and guess what, it didn't.



Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 11:37 am
 

Sheets done for season, possibly career

Y'all should get it togewther here, there is no reason to comment on the journalism/typos/punctuation/spelli

ng other then sheer boredome, comment on the content, or move on. There are plenty of blog spots around for you to vent your hatred of other people who have real jobs and lives.

     A sad note for Ben Sheets, I thought he could be something special in this league, hopefully he saved some money, and or invested wisely, good luck Ben..... 



Since: Jul 8, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:44 am
 

Sheets done for season, possibly career

The fact that the Ranger's did not sign him is a big compliment to Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan.  I was one of the band wagon guys that wanted Sheets.  Cudo's to an organization that has made the right moves the past 2 years.  Hopefully it continues as the teams financial problems get solved. 



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:11 am
 

Sheets done for season, possibly career

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2010 10:06 am
 

Sheets done for season, possibly career

been considered one of the best pitchers in the game Really? Aside from his excellent 2004 was he really ever in that discussion? A guy who, if he does retire, ends his career ranked 669th in IP, 246th in ERA+ with fewer wins than Sidney Ponson? I know he was injured, but come on. Were we ever saying about Ben Sheets, "If I were starting a team and needed 5 starting pitchers, Sheets is one of mine"? Yeah, if you add the "if healthy" caveat, maybe. But that's something you can't differentiate from his career, because it was defined by injury.

I'm not saying Sheets was a bad pitcher. He was good, and I know we tend to romanticize the hard-luck guys, but I think that's a little overboard



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2010 9:57 am
 

Sheets done for season, possibly career

You are  a complete a**hole, and, unfortunately, there is no corrective surgery for that.


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