Domonic Brown headed for MRI exam on sprained thumb

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Domonic Brown injured his right thumb diving for a ball in the outfield earlier this week and now he’s headed for an MRI exam.

Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the initial diagnosis is a sprained thumb, but the Phillies will have a better idea about his recovery timetable once the MRI results are in.

Brown seemed likely to begin this season at Triple-A anyway, as the Phillies have continued to resist the urge to simply give one of the better outfield prospects in baseball the opportunity to play every day in the majors at age 24. He’s hit .298 with an .843 OPS in 68 games at Triple-A so far.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.