ESPN’s Buster Olney swapped emails with Ben Sheets‘ agent, Casey Close. According to Close:
"His forearm muscle [strain] was the equivalent of a hamstring pull and it simply needed time to rest. No real treatment was needed. He’s fine and should be 100 percent in a month."
Olney says execs are skeptical. Obviously they will conduct their own tests to confirm a lack of structural damage. My guess is that the skepticism will wane once a few big names leave the board. Jason Schmidt‘s three-year, $47MM deal from ’06 could be the model for Sheets, even though that deal worked out terribly for the Dodgers.