NEW YORK -- Andrelton Simmons has made it known that he would like to return to the Braves' lineup during this weekend's series against the Mets. The rookie shortstop strengthened his case when he homered in the fourth inning of Class A Lynchburg's 2-1 win over Wilmington on Friday night.
Lynchburg's victory clinched the best-of-three series to determine the Northern Division champion in the Carolina League. It will begin a best-of-five series against Winston Salem on Saturday to determine the league championship.
After Friday night's 3-0 win over the Mets, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he did not know if Simmons would join the Atlanta roster on Saturday. Simmons has been sidelined since breaking his right pinkie finger while sliding head first into second base on July 8.
Feeling rejuvenated, Sheets could return soon
NEW YORK -- Ben Sheets feels revitalized after spending the past two weeks resting his right shoulder. The veteran right-handed pitcher completed a side session before Friday night's game against the Mets and believes he could soon be ready to rejoin the Braves' rotation if necessary.
"I've been feeling good for about five days now," Sheets said. "Right now, at this stage, I'll do whatever I need to do. I could have kept going if I needed to. But at the time, it was best for me to get some rest."
Sheets was placed on the disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder after he allowed four earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Giants on Aug. 24. The injury-riddled veteran had been retired for two years before joining Atlanta's rotation after the All-Star break.
While there is a chance Sheets could rejoin the rotation if there is a need to make a change, the Braves might be hesitant to give him a start while they're in the thick of a pennant race. The situation might be different if the 34-year-old hurler had a chance to work off some of the rust in a Minor League rehab game.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez indicated the team would be hesitant about sending Sheets to make a rehab start in a playoff game with either Class A Rome or Class A Advanced Lynchburg.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.