Brewers Minor Leaguer Cole Garner, playing for Triple-A Nashville was ejected from last night’s game against the Round Rock Express for arguing with home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn. Garner had hit himself on the foot after swinging and the ball rolled into fair territory. Reyburn didn’t know, so he ruled that the ball was live and Garner was out on the play.
Garner argued with Reyburn, who ejected the outfielder from the game. The rest is sad comedy. Via Tom Haudricourt:
Nashville manager Mike Guerrero asked Reyburn to get help from the other umpires and after a group discussion they ruled the ball foul. But, because Garner had been ejected, Hainley Statia batted for him with a 1-2 count and struck out two pitches later – a strikeout that went on Garner’s totals.
So, Garner was correct in his argument that the ball was foul but was ejected and also charged with a strikeout in absentia.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.