Sunday, May 07, 2006

Ben Sheets, Prince Fielder Miss Time with Brewers

Brewers ace Ben Sheets, who lost nearly a dozen starts last year primarily due to shoulder trouble, reported continued pain similar to last year's difficulties and missed his start Sunday. It was not immediately clear when Sheets would return to health, but the outlook was not especially bright considering Sheets gave up nine hits and seven runs in less than three innings his last time out, and sports a 6.64 ERA. So far, however, Sheets remained listed among active players. Sheets had been rehabilitating a sore back for most of spring camp and had been held out of action for what would have been his first few starts of the season. Sheets underwent back surgery in 2004 and elbow surgery in 2001. Also avoiding the disabled list so far was Sheets' teammate, Prince Fielder, who left the game in the top of the fourth inning because of groin tightness. The 260-pound rookie first baseman was removed as a precaution, with no clear indication whether he would miss more time.