Braves to start Sheets Sunday

Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Thursday that Ben Sheets will be the starting pitcher for Sunday's home game against the New York Mets.

Sheets, who was signed to a minor league contract on July 1, has not pitched professionally since 2010, when he went 4-9 with a 4.53 earned run average in 20 starts for the Oakland Athletics.

The right-hander, who will turn 34 next Wednesday, made a pair of starts for Double-A Mississippi and went 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA.

A four-time All-Star, Sheets is 90-92 with a 3.79 ERA over nine years with Milwaukee and Oakland.