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The Braves will make Ben Sheets a part of the starting rotation in the first series back from the All-Star break against the New York Mets.
With the trade deadline looming the Braves are going to want to see what Sheets can do as soon as possible.
If he's dominant the Braves can afford to hold back from acquiring a pitcher, but if he struggles the Braves' search for another pitcher will amp up.
Mike Minor and Randall Delgado have been inconsistent while Jair Jurrjens is still trying to get back to his past form.
Why not give Sheets a shot right away in an important series with a division rival? The Mets will be one of the Braves' main competitors in the division, so Sheets can prove early that he's in a position to help the Braves down the stretch.
It's risky to throw him right away, but the Braves need to determine by the end of the month if Sheets can be a fixture in the rotation.