{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Greinke pinch-hits while wearing wrong jersey

Greinke pinch-hits while wearing wrong jersey

|
Greinke pinch-hits while wearing wrong jersey
MILWAUKEE -- A night after pitching a gem against the Pirates, Zack Greinke was called upon to pinch-hit and sacrifice bunt for the Brewers in Saturday's 1-0 victory.

The only problem?

He was wearing the wrong jersey.

Greinke was wearing the jersey the Brewers plan to wear on Sunday to celebrate German heritage in Wisconsin. Instead of saying "Brewers" on the front, it says "Bierbrauer," the German translation of the team nickname.

Greinke was unavailable for comment after the game, but manager Ron Roenicke said his star right-hander was wearing a fleece over his jersey during the game, so no one noticed it was the wrong uniform. When Roenicke called on him to bunt, he pulled the fleece off, grabbed a bat and went out to hit.

"I had no idea," Roenicke said. "It was blue, and that's all it looked like to me. I didn't know until one of the guys said something. He didn't know [either]."

Greinke put down a perfect bunt to advance Jonathan Lucroy to second for his sixth sacrifice of the year.

"If he bunts like that, he can wear what he wants," Roenicke said. "He's a very good bunter."

It is against Major League rules for one player to wear a different jersey than the rest of his teammates.

"All they do is send you a memo saying don't do it again," Roenicke said. "If you do it again, they'll fine you."

Greinke gave up only two runs in 7 2/3 innings in the Brewers' 7-2 victory over the Pirates on Friday night.

Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español