PEARL, Miss. — Ben Sheets says he's ready to help the Atlanta Braves.
The four-time All-Star gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings on Monday night during his second start with the Double-A Mississippi Braves. The big-league Braves are looking for help on their pitching staff after an injury-riddled and inconsistent first half of the season, and Sheets said he's ready to get the call.
"If that's what happens, I'll be ready to go," Sheets said. "
Atlanta is searching for pitching depth after Brandon Beachy tore an elbow ligament.
Beachy was 5-5 over 13 starts with a 2.00 ERA, tied for lowest in the majors.
— Associated Press
Sheets last pitched in the majors with Oakland in 2010. He was 4-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 20 starts before an elbow injury ended his season.
He played for Milwaukee from 2001-2008, going 86-83 with a 3.72 ERA.