Baseball

Brewers' Sheets tweaks groin in loss to Mets

Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Ben Sheets was forced from Monday's 4-2 loss to the New York Mets after five innings with tightness in his left groin.

The Milwaukee Brewers lost Ben Sheets to injury Monday, one day after fellow pitcher CC Sabathia lost his bid for a no-hitter on a controversial call.

Sheets was forced from Milwaukee's 4-2 loss to the visiting New York Mets after five innings with tightness in his left groin.

The right-hander had retired 10 consecutive batters when pinch-hitter Joe Dillon replaced him in the bottom of the fifth.

"He is one of our top pitchers," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Do you wanna take a chance of losing him? I don't."

Sheets, who started for the National League in this year's all-star game, had given up only two hits and a walk and thrown 54 pitches when he was removed with Milwaukee leading 1-0.

Sheets put on a Brewers jacket and remained in the dugout, talking with Yost and pitching coach Mike Maddux.

Sheets has a history of injuries, and averaged only 21 starts a year from 2005-07.

This year, though, he has missed only one start and made his 27th start on Sunday.

"I take no chances with starting pitchers this time of year," Yost said. "Very, very slight.

"[He] started to get some tightness and I'm not taking a chance of him pulling it."

Sheets entered the game with a 12-7 record and 2.97 earned-run average on the season.

The Brewers are counting on him and Sabathia to lead them to the playoffs for the first time since 1982.

Sabathia had his no-hitter on Sunday nixed by the official scorer in Pittsburgh.

Sabathia limited the Pirates to Andy LaRoche's infield single leading off the fifth inning on a play Yost argued was an error on the pitcher.

LaRoche's softly hit grounder on a 2-2 pitch rolled between the plate and the mound before Sabathia picked it up barehanded, only to drop it.

The ball may have been hit too softly for Sabathia to get LaRoche at first, even if he had made the play cleanly.

With files from the Associated Press

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