For about a five year period, Ben Sheets was one of the best pitchers in the game of baseball. Unfortunately because of injuries his last real good season was in 2008. Now Sheets is attempting another comeback.
Sheets, who hasn’t pitched at all in the big leagues since 2010, threw for scouts on Wednesday in Louisiana and among them were representatives from the Yankees, according to Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com.
Sheets is recovering from Tommy John Surgery he had back in 2010 as well as two other procedures done in the same elbow. He apparently is feeling well now and wants to pitch for a contender down the stretch.
It’s hard to see the Yankees being interested in Sheets at this point despite going to see him pitch. He is unproven being out of baseball for so long and the starting rotation has been solid as of late. They are probably just keeping tabs on him just in case an injury occurs or potentially for this offseason as well.
Sheets is now 33-years-old and has a career 3.79 ERA, 7.5 K/9, and 2.1 BB/9 in nine seasons mostly with the Brewers. Always injury prone, he hasn’t thrown at least 200 innings in a season since 2004.