Arm injuries wrecked Ben Sheets’ career and the four-time All-Star hasn’t pitched in the majors since July of 2010, but he’s still just 33 years old and is apparently making a comeback.
Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Sheets threw for scouts yesterday in Louisiana and the Yankees, Phillies, Braves, and Angels were among the teams represented.
Sheets’ last contract was a one-year, $10 million deal with the A’s in 2010, but obviously at this point he’d have to settle for a minor-league deal and a chance to prove himself at Triple-A.
In a world where 49-year-old Jamie Moyer and his high-70s fastball are at Triple-A it’s tough not to think that taking a low-cost, no-risk flier on Sheets would be a worthwhile idea for quite a few teams assuming he looked at all decent.
Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.
Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.
Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.
The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.