Former 2000 Olympic star and Milwaukee Brewers pitching ace Ben Sheets may be headed back to the Big Leagues.
Several sources including Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com, reported Wednesday night that Sheets, who hasn’t tossed a single pitch in the Majors since 2010, threw for scouts from the Phillies, Braves, Yankees, and Angels in Monroe, Louisiana earlier in the day.
The 33-year old right-hander missed all of 2009 with an elbow tear, and then after signing a one-year, $10MM deal with the Athletics in 2010, where he made 20 pedestrian starts, went down again to a second flexor tendon injury.
Unlike some of his colleagues, Sheets made the decision not to return to baseball until he felt he was 100 percent. A lofty goal for a guy who’s had three procedures done on his elbow, including Tommy John surgery.
Sheets’ best season was with the Brewers in 2004, and although posting a 12-14 win-loss record, he recorded a career-best 2.70 ERA and .983 WHIP, while striking out 264 and walking only 34 batters he faced that year.
The biggest question mark is whether Sheets has anything left in the tank.
If so, he could be an interesting late-season pickup for a team that may be contending down the stretch.