Nationals assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones suspended

Washington Nationals' assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones watches batting practice during a baseball workout at Nationals Park, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Washington. The Nationals host the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday. (Mark Tenally/AP)

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals say that assistant hitting coach Jacque Jones has been suspended with pay pending an internal investigation.

The team says the suspension is connected to a legal matter.

The club announced Jones’ suspension less than a half-hour before the scheduled first pitch of Game 1 of Washington’s NL Division Series against the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Friday night.

The 42-year-old Jones retired as a player in 2008 after 10 years with four teams.