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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Brewers Place Sheets on DL

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

The Brewers decided to place ace right-hander Ben Sheets on the disabled list on Wednesday, another blow to a starting rotation that has suffered two major losses in one week.

Sheets is suffering from right shoulder tendinitis and will join right-hander Tomo Ohka (shoulder) on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 3. The team may wait to make a formal move until later in the week, but barring an unforeseen setback, Triple-A Nashville left-hander Dana Eveland will get the call to start on Saturday against the Mets at Miller Park.

"We just can't keep patching things up and going around Ben at this point," general manager Doug Melvin said. "We need to try to get the pitching in order, get a rotation back in order."

Sheets, who was tagged for seven runs by the Astros in his last start May 2, was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday at Dodger Stadium and was originally penciled in to start on Thursday against the Padres. He was then was bumped to Saturday, but a decision to place Sheets on the DL was made after a throwing session on Tuesday was cut short.

"It's getting better. It's progressing, but it's just not where we want it to be," Brewers head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger said. "We want to let him go out there and be effective throwing."

Sheets played catch for several minutes, then conferred with Caplinger and a decision was made to stop.

"It didn't feel too good," said Sheets, who has now suffered two significant setbacks returning from the torn upper back muscle he suffered last August. "I didn't think it would be totally smooth sailing, but I didn't expect this. If I threw right now, I think it would be unfair to everyone else when we can have another guy up here who's completely healthy."

Sheets will be eligible to return as early as May 18, though the Brewers will not know anything about a timetable until Sheets sees the doctors at Miller Park later this week.


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