Ben Sheets to retire following Wednesday start

Wednesday will be a finale in more then one way.

The career of Been Sheets will end following a start on Wednesday. The talented but injury prone pitcher will take the mound against the Pirates.

“I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt I’m not playing again,” Sheets said. “No matter what, there is not enough help or money to pull me out of this one.”

Sheets had similar thoughts when he underwent Tommy John surgery midway through the 2010 season. He had undergone a major surgical procedure to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow two years earlier. His assumption was that his career was complete.

The Braves signed Sheets in July. After going 4-1 with a 1.41 ERA in his first five starts he then began to be bothered by his shoulder. He has not pitched since late August.

At first Sheets had said he planned to come back and would accept a role in the bullpen if needed but his arm strength never returned and now after his 250th start he will retire.

Sheets will attempt to throw two innings in Wednesdays game.

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