Kicking off Monday’s Independence Day action, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun singled up the middle with two outs in the first inning against Nationals starter Max Scherzer. It was seemingly innocuous, but Nats manager Dusty Baker came out for a chat with home plate umpire Cory Blaser. The umpires conferred and crew chief Jeff Nelson ultimately ruled Ryan Braun out.
Why? Braun was to bat fourth, not third, in the Brewers’ lineup on Monday afternoon. Jonathan Lucroy should have been at the plate. Though Braun took the plate appearance, Lucroy was “credited” with a ground out without making a plate appearance. The inning ended, and Braun got to lead off the next inning. Braun would, appropriately, ground out to lead off the second.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that free agent outfielder Adam Jones is in talks with the Orix Buffaloes of NPB. No deal is done yet, but Rosenthal says that a multi-year deal could be inked this week, sending Jones to Japan.
Jones, 34, played for the Diamondbacks last season, hitting a disappointing .260/.313/.414 (87 OPS+) with 16 homers and 67 RBI, declining pretty significantly in the second half of the season compared to the first. In light of that it seems doubtful that he’d be able to land a major league deal this winter, so going to Japan may be a good move for him if he wishes to continue to play on a regular basis.
Jones is a 14-year big league veteran who has posted a career line of .277/.317/.454 with 282 homers for the Mariners, Orioles and Dbacks.