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Plan for Sheets
It certainly won't hurt the rotation to get ace Ben Sheets back off the disabled list, where he has been since July 15 with an injury to the middle finger of his pitching hand. The Brewers have a four-step plan for returning Sheets to the rotation at the outset of September.
Sheets is scheduled to throw one more bullpen session on this home stand, followed by a simulated game next week in Phoenix, one minor-league rehabilitation outing and then back to the rotation. That's assuming no setbacks, of course.
Aug 23 Sheets still had his injured finger wrapped when he threw a brief bullpen session before Wednesday's game, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Advice: Sheets has been on the disabled list with torn tissue in the middle finger of his pitching hand since July 15. Brewers manager Ned Yost told the newspaper he would decide Friday if Sheets will return to start on Saturday against San Francisco.
Ace right-hander Ben Sheets developed a second blister on his right middle finger during a side session earlier this week and will not be able to return to the starting rotation Saturday as had been hoped.
Instead, Brewers manager Ned Yost is "shooting" to get Sheets back Wednesday or Thursday in Chicago. That would still put him within the range of the four- to six-week layoff predicted when Sheets suffered torn tissue in his middle finger on July 16.
"We're right on our target date, which is a sad thing," Sheets said. "I was hoping to get one start in before that."
The original injury is healed, but Sheets suffered a blister during a simulated game in Arizona on Monday. He threw on the side two days later with the finger wrapped, but a second blister nonetheless popped up.
He wants to be as close as possible to 100 percent before attempting a comeback.
"To battle through three or four [starts] is stupid when you can miss one and be good to go," Sheets said.
"It's crazy to push him and set him back," Yost said. "I want to have him for the long haul. I'm trying to do the right thing."
Little Lee wrote:Encouraging news for Sheets owners.
Ben Sheets (finger) threw another bullpen session on Sunday.
Sheets again wore tape on his middle finger to prevent a blister. He could return from the disabled list and start on either Wednesday or Thursday.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
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