Sheets feels 'cutting' sensation in elbow
Brewers ace has been dealing with discomfort since August
CHICAGO -- The Brewers might be without Ben Sheets for the second straight September, right when they need him most.The right-hander was forced out of his start against the Cubs on Wednesday after two innings with what the club described as tightness in his right forearm. Sheets painted a much bleaker picture after the Brewers' bullpen helped preserve a 6-2 win at Wrigley Field. He revealed that he's been feeling pain in his right elbow since an Aug. 26 win at St. Louis. He has received a variety of treatments since then, including a cortisone shot, and underwent an MRI scan at some point in the past two weeks that did not show any structural damage. Sheets was able to make his next four starts as scheduled, including his 30th of the year on Wednesday, when he felt a "cutting" sensation in his elbow during a first-inning at-bat against Derrek Lee. Sheets worked through the end of the second inning before pulling the plug. "We've been fighting it off for a while," Sheets said. "Today, I couldn't get the ball where I needed it." How did he feel? "I'm bummed out," Sheets said. "I'm not feeling good, obviously." Something appeared wrong with Sheets as he warmed up in the bottom of the second inning. After his allotment of warmup pitches, he stepped behind the mound, squatted for a moment and then threw twice over to third baseman Craig Counsell. Sheets' first pitch to Aramis Ramirez in the second was lined for a solo home run, but he worked through the rest of the frame without further damage. As the Brewers batted in the top of the third inning, Mark DiFelice warmed up and then replaced Sheets. The injury casts doubt on Sheets' final two scheduled starts of 2008 and comes at a terrible time for the Brewers, who are a half-game behind the Mets in the race for the National League Wild Card and have only 10 games left to play. "You don't want that to happen," first baseman Prince Fielder said when asked if he's worried for Sheets. "But you can't afford to have any emotions like that right now. You don't want anything to be wrong, but we still have to go out there and play good baseball."
|"It's up and down and it definitely hurts, but I've hurt before and felt great two days later."|
-- Ben Sheets,|
on his tight right elbow
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.