Sims, not Dickey, to start Friday against Mets


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – By the time his current team faces one of his former teams in a Friday afternoon Grapefruit League game, Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will have already pitched and showered.

The Braves announced Thursday a change of plans for Friday, when they’ll start Lucas Sims against the Mets at 1 p.m. in Champion Stadium instead of Dickey, who’ll pitch in a 10 a.m. game against Braves minor leaguers on Field 4 behind the stadium.

The change was made for two reasons: Dickey and the Braves would prefer not to have him face a team he could face four to six times during the regular season, and it’s an opportunity to get another look at Sims facing whichever major league hitters the Mets have in their lineup.

“We know what Dickey can do, we just want to get another look at Lucas pretty much,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Sims, 22, isn’t a candidate for the opening-day rotation. He’s pitched in two games this spring and allowed four hits and two runs in four innings with no walks and five strikeouts.

A first-round draft pick out of Brookwood High School in 2012, Sims hasn’t pitched in the majors and was a combined 7-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) in Double-A and Triple-A last season.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Atlanta Braves

Blair expected to start Wednesday; Sims, Medlen options going forward
Blair expected to start Wednesday; Sims, Medlen options going forward

PHOENIX – The Braves were going to wait until after Tuesday night’s late game to announce a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks, but Aaron Blair was in line for the assignment barring any unexpected late development. It would have been Jaime Garcia’s rotation turn but the left-hander was traded...
Dickey exits early, D’backs roll to 10-2 rout of Braves
Dickey exits early, D’backs roll to 10-2 rout of Braves

PHOENIX – After R.A. Dickey gave up four runs without making it out of the fourth inning in the knuckleballer’s shortest outing this season, Sean Rodriguez gave the Braves a chance in the fifth with a long two-run pinch-hit homer to cut Arizona’s lead in half. But their comeback hopes evaporated in a barrage of extra-base hits off...
Must-see: Freddie Freeman’s line-drive snag
Must-see: Freddie Freeman’s line-drive snag

Freddie Freeman made his 11th start at third base (since transitioning from first on July 4) Monday in Arizona. Freeman’s defensive prowess at first was well known. At third, it’s getting there. In the bottom of the fourth, the Diamondbacks’ A.J. Pollock stepped up to the plate with 2 outs and a man on first. Pollock slapped R.A....
Inciarte gets a rest for just 2nd time in 98 games
Inciarte gets a rest for just 2nd time in 98 games

PHOENIX – And on the 98th day, Ender Inciarte got a rest.  For only the second time all season, the Braves’ All-Star center fielder was out of the lineup Monday. Manager Brian Snitker said it was only coincidence that it came in the series opener against Inciarte’s original team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. “I just kind of...
Braves trade Garcia, Recker to Twins for pitching prospect
Braves trade Garcia, Recker to Twins for pitching prospect

PHOENIX – The Braves traded pitcher Jaime Garcia to the Twins on Monday, sending the left-hander along with catcher Anthony Recker and a small amount of cash to Minnesota in exchange for 19-year-old pitching prospect Huascar Ynoa. Ranked as a top-25 prospect in the Twins organization, the hard-throwing Ynoa is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound right-hander...
More Stories