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Sheets' injury scrambles pitching scramble

Oakland hurler Ben Sheets has injured his elbow, potentially throwing a monkey wrench into the trade deadline scramble for starting pitching.

While most rumors have linked the Cardinals to Houston's Roy Oswalt and Arizona's Dan Haren, there was talk late last week the the longtime Brewer Sheets was on the Redbirds' radar.

Sheets is 4-9 with a 4.53 ERA following the Athletics' decision to sign the injury prone starter to a $10-million, one-year contract. It's speculated that the under-performing A's made the move because they hoped to flip Sheets to a contender at the deadline in exchange for prospects. But it now looks like he's out for the season and Oakland ended up paying Sheets $2.5 million per win. Yikes.

The Athletics are 49-48 and in third place in the American League West in third place.

Sheets missed the entire 2009 season with a problem with the flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. His elbow swelled considerably after his last start which has led Sheets and doctors to believe the tendon has been damaged again.

It's a shame for him. But I have to admit I'm glad the Cardinals didn't gamble on him and have him blow up shortly after arriving ala Mark DeRosa last season.