Found August 15, 2012 on
Every pitcher goes through the occasional "dead arm" period, most often early in the season. But when you've spent 345 career days (and two entire seasons) on the disabled list, the way Ben Sheets has, you need a stronger way to describe it:
After Sheets gave up five runs in six innings Sunday night against the Mets, broadcasters suggested he might be experiencing “dead arm” a common phenomenon pitchers go through during spring training as they get their arms in shape.
But Sheets said Tuesday he would characterize it more as “dead body” now that he’s six starts into his comeback after two years out of baseball following multiple elbow operations.
“My whole body felt dead,” Sheets said. “I was like ‘Weekend at Bernie’s' guy. I was like Bernie.”
Zombie Sheets will rise again on the fifth day, when he's scheduled to start against the Dodgers. The best news for the Braves: Sheets, who's survived a serious injury or two in his time, characterized his body b...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Atlanta Braves are moving to a six-man rotation for two weeks.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez says he'll pick the best five starters at the end of August.
The Braves created a surplus in their rotation last month by trading for Paul Maholm, signing Ben Sheets and moving Kris Medlen from the bullpen. Right-hander Tommy Hanson, who leads Atlanta with 12 wins, returns from the disabled...
Fascinating notes from ESPN:
Paul Maholm: 95 pitches in shutout-- fewest by Braves pitcher in shutout since Greg Maddux had an 89-pitch shutout against the Marlins in 2000. First Braves pitcher to shut out the Mets in New York since John Smoltz in 1998. First Braves lefty to shut out the Mets since Tom Glavine in 1992.
Wow, that's awesome. Let's look at some...
ATLANTA The Braves are learning how to live with Dan Ugglas streaks.
After wandering through a vast and arid wasteland of at-bats for two months, Uggla is beginning to do what the Braves are paying him to do.
And that is hit the ball immeasurable distances.
Road & Track magazine should have been at the Braves 6-1 victory over the Padres on Wednesday because Uggla crushed...
Thanks, Chipper | Jones' interview with Brenda Wood aired this morning in the 6:00am news hour. Enjoy!
Here are some updates on guys I covered earlier in the year and where I expect them to be for the rest of the season:
Jason Heyward – He no longer drives me crazy. Right Said Fredi Gonzalez caused him to have a toxic season last year, but he’s rebounded nicely in 2012. He’s been more aggressive this year, with the highest swinging percentage of his career. This has resulted...
Well, this is sad.
Thanks for asking bout my thumb have surgery wed am. Ill miss bein part of this playoff run, but now I'm the biggest braves fan w y'all
— Matthew Diaz (@diazfoundation) August 14, 2012
Thanks for thots, pls know 2 things, I'm at peace, & kinda relieved to have a gm pln.2 braves r great and r j is a better version of me!!
— Matthew Diaz (@diazfoundation...
The Braves are going with a six-man rotation until their next scheduled off day on Aug. 30. Here's the starting staff:
Tim Hudson, 11-4, 3.77 ERA
Paul Maholm, 10-7, 3.50
Kris Medlen, 3-1, 2.28
Tommy Hanson, 12-5, 4.29
Ben Sheets, 4-2, 2.13
Mike Minor, 6-8, 4.95
Kris Medlen insists it doesn't matter if he's one of the starting five or if he's hanging out in the bullpen...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Dan Uggla's three-run homer in the third inning gave Atlanta the lead and Paul Maholm threw seven strong innings to lead the Braves to a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
The Braves remained 4 games behind NL East-leading Washington, which earned a 6-4 win at San Francisco.
Uggla is hitting only .215 but has homers in two straight games,...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Tim Hudson combined with three relievers for a five-hit shutout, Martin Prado hit a three-run homer, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Hudson (12-4) allowed two hits and one walk in 6 2-3 innings and won his sixth straight decision.
After being held to five hits in a 4-1 loss to Eric Stults and the Padres on Monday night, the...
Dan Uggla's three-run homer in the third inning gave Atlanta the lead and Paul Maholm threw seven strong innings to lead the Braves to a 6-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
The Braves remained 4 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Washington, which earned a 6-4 win at San Francisco.
Uggla is hitting only .215 but has homers in two straight games, giving him 15...