ajc.com | Braves | Sobriety suits Fick

Robert Fick says he gave up drinking six weeks ago. If he was really drinking too much, then good for him. But any time a player changes his habits, even bad habits, it seems like it effects his play for the worse. Remember when Chipper stopped chewing tobacco?

Bobby is already platooning Fick, it appears, giving Juliold Franco the start against a lefty Saturday. Fick was disappointed because the Braves were playing his old Tiger team. Moreover, Fick doesn’t have to be platooned; he really doesn’t have a split worth mentioning.

Paul Byrd has a sore elbow to go with his sore groin. This signing just looks worse and worse and the season hasn’t even started yet. Long-term, this could be good for the team, if it means that the fifth starter gets more regular work.