MLB: BREWERS: Sheets feeling good after rehab start
Righty throws three innings for Triple-A Nashville on Sunday
MILWAUKEE -- It wasn't the prettiest outing but at this point, Ben Sheets will take any outing.
Sheets threw 65 pitches -- 45 for strikes -- in three innings, gave up three runs on three hits, walked three, struck out two and gave up a home run for Triple-A Nashville against Round Rock on Sunday.
More importantly, though, Sheets said he felt no pain in his first of three rehab starts.
"I felt good, a lot better than I thought I would," Sheets said. "I just needed to get some innings in. Confidence in my fastball is the biggest key, and my location was off a little bit. I was rushing through my delivery, but overall I felt about 99.5 percent. Once I get my fastball located, I'll be good to go."
Sheets' fastball was timed at 93-94 mph, and Sheets said it was just great for him to get out and pitch in a live game, as opposed to the simulated action he's been a part of in the last couple of weeks.
"I got all my pitches out there and mixed them up a little bit," Sheets said. "I just need to make sure I'm locating my fastball. That's the key to my success."
So how close is he to being ready?
"I have two more starts to go," Sheets said. "One in rookie ball, and then I don't know where after that, but it will be two more."
The other starter on the disabled list, Tomo Ohka, threw for Class A Brevard County on Sunday. Ohka threw six innings, allowed one unearned run and struck out five.
"Good, he feels good, and we talked with him this morning. That's good to hear," said Brewers manager Ned Yost after the Brewers lost, 11-4, to the Cubs on Sunday to close out the first half of the season before the All-Star break.
Ohka has been on the disabled list since May 3 with a partially torn right rotator cuff, and Sheets has been on the disabled list since May 2 with right shoulder tendinitis. The Brewers are 5-17 in games started by replacements for Ohka and Sheets, and yet they went into the break 44-46.
"We just have to get Tomo and Benny back," Yost said, "and I think it's going to really settle everything down."
The original plan for the pitchers' rehab schedule will have to be changed, though. Sheets was scheduled for his second rehabilitation start on Friday in Arizona in the rookie league. Unfortunately, because Ohka's original rehab start on Saturday was rained out, the two are now scheduled to pitch on the same day. This means that one of the two will have to be sent somewhere else for his Friday rehab start.