No news is good news with Sheets' arm

No news is good news with Sheets' arm

CHICAGO -- Ben Sheets didn't have much to report when he arrived at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and it was about the best news the Brewers got all day.

Their ace right-hander said he was feeling fine the day after returning to the rotation for a win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Sheets was not at all sharp on Tuesday, issuing a career-high seven walks, but he did manage to last five innings and notched his 10th career win over the Cubs. It was his first start since exiting an April 18 start with tightness in his triceps.

The final hurdle came Wednesday morning. Had Sheets woke up with soreness in his arm, there might have been reason for concern.

Instead, there was, "no stiffness, no soreness, no tightness," manager Ned Yost said. Added Sheets: "I'm fine."

Maybe the cold weather helped. The temperature was 38 degrees at game time Tuesday night.

"It was kind of like you were icing while you were pitching," Sheets said. "Perfect."

Sheets again stopped short of saying he felt good about his outing. He issued seven walks, but surrendered only three earned runs, partly because he surrendered just three hits. His fastball velocity was lower than usual, but Sheets saw parts of a replay of the game late Tuesday night and was happy with the break on his curveball and the life on his fastball.

"My arm didn't feel good, but I didn't have any pain," Sheets said. "I don't know if I was that far off on the arm slot. Things just didn't feel real good out there. I just don't think I was releasing it right. I don't know."

He'll follow his usual between-starts routine and is scheduled to start again Sunday in Houston.

The off-days become more rare beginning in May (two, vs. four in April), but Yost said he will continue his practice of bumping all five starters back a day to keep them lined up. That's what he did throughout April, resulting in extra rest between starts.

"That's worked fine," Yost said. "I kind of like it, as a matter of fact."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.