ATLANTA — First baseman Robert Fick of the Atlanta Braves was fined Sunday for clubbing Chicago's Eric Karros with a forearm in Game 4 of the National League division series with the Cubs.
Fick was fined an undisclosed amount by the commissioner's office and his team.
"I just tried to hit his glove," Fick said before Game 5. "It was all a reaction. It wasn't like I tried to do it on purpose. I mean, I play hard. I wasn't trying to hurt anybody. I was just trying to knock the ball out of his glove. It ended up a lot worse than I wanted it to."
Fick struck Karros while running to first base Saturday at Wrigley Field.
The blow knocked the ball and glove free; Fick was called out.
"I like Eric Karros," Fick said. "Shoot, he's a real good player. He's a [former] Dodger. I've been a Dodger fan my whole life. It's not something I'm proud of, but it happened."
Bob Watson, Major League Baseball's vice president in charge of discipline, didn't disclose the amount of his fine.
The Braves wouldn't discuss their penalty, either.
"It's not at all what anybody's thinking about today, I can assure you of that, as we face the most important game of the year," General Manager John Schuerholz said before the game. "We don't comment on what we do internally. Never have, never will."