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Nats-Mets postponed, rotation adjusted

Jun 6, 2013, 11:37 PM EST

[Updated 9:57 p.m.]

By Chase Hughes

Thursday’s series finale between the Nationals and Mets was postponed due to heavy rain, with a makeup date set for July 26. The two teams will play a doubleheader with the first game at 1:35 p.m. and the second, regularly scheduled matchup at 7:05 p.m.

The unexpected day off gives Washington the opportunity to adjust their pitching plans for the weekend. The Nats were planning to call up veteran Ross Ohlendorf from Triple-A to pitch Saturday, but now don’t have to.

Gio Gonzalez moves over to pitch Friday against the Twins with Nathan Karns set to pitch on Saturday. Washington can also now keep lefty reliever Xavier Cedeno on the roster.

"With the number of guys we have on the DL, this is a welcome call,” Johnson said. “And then not having to add somebody else, another starter, and then we've got an off-day on Monday. So we would have just really made a bunch of guys move around. This is much better. So I'm happy about it."

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  1. Ivan Tuski - Jun 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Okay rain do your thing and get outa here for tomorrow nights game

  2. DaveB - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    So … I assume, based on the rumours, that Ohlendorf was about to opt out of his Nats contract, but stayed based on the opportunity to get called up. Does he opt-out now? Or wait longer to see if Ross or Stras are really ready?

  3. Drew - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Sorry for the rain in D.C. I'm at Coors Field, where the weather is glorious. I'm wearing a Nats shirt and sitting 25 rows behind the plate.Five rows in front of me, two young guys are wearing Nats caps. Turns out they're from Fauquier and they're out here playing for a travel team. Nats Town is representing at Coors Field.With the Padres here at Coors Field, I guess the beer is pastor-ized.

  4. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Enjoy the game!!! Post about it- it's so boring here. But we really caught a break with the rotation. Imagine that! We caught an actual break. And a day for Jayson to rest . And a chance for us to play a division game later on , hopefully when we are not so, well , what are we right now???

  5. karlkolchak - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    No Ohlendorf? FINALLY, the Nats catch a break. I'm just worried that like Jaws, he'll be back just when we think it is safe to go to the park again.

  6. karlkolchak - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    @DaveB – "Does he opt-out now?"Let's hope.

  7. JaneB - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Drew! Enjoy the game! Virtual fist bump for representing DC!

  8. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Is he taking up a forty man spot? If not, I don't care. I cannot believe how long this draft is going to go before we get a player. So used to it being early. I think Jordan was a later pick. Could get a good player.

  9. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:26 AM

    They just compared the draft pick to Tyler Moore!!! Kid is from Mississippi, probably why.

  10. Section 222 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    Have a great time Drew! Only downside to the rainout is that the Nats might not become "the only team to use two crappy former starting pitchers from the 2009 Pirates this year." h/t karlkolchak

  11. SonnyG10 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    Drew said……With the Padres here at Coors Field, I guess the beer is pastor-ized.June 06, 2013 8:11 PMDrew, you crack me up. That was funny! How do you think of these things?

  12. SW - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    I don't get Mark's tweet about Stras – Davey says Strasburg will likely pitch simulated game Tuesday in Colorado. All goes well, he would return 6/16 at Philly.6/16, the first day Stras can come back, is a Sunday game at Cleveland. They don't get to Philly til Monday, 6/17.Wherever it is, hope he's 100% sooner rather than later.

  13. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    It's no surprise that anyone has the schedule confused. What exactly is our rotation right now? I think we have the next two days maybe. Gio and Karns?? Then JZ on Sunday? After that? Who knows?

  14. Drew - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Coors Field is a lovely ballpark. The interior concourse is reminiscent of Nats Park, without our classic paintings of Hall of Famers on the pillars.In centerfield there is an exaggerated, elevated grandstand, which I guess is an allusion to the Rocky Mountains, a nice hometown touch.The ballpark's brick exterior owes something to Camden Yards, but it's more like the buff red you see on some of the attractive older homes and hotels in Denver.I guess I should have known this, but until we saw Sting at the luminescent Red Rocks Amphitheatre, I didn't realize that Colorado means "color red".Tulo's up, time to pay attention.

  15. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Interesting article by Kilgore about our possible selection. LHP Sean Maenea. Has injury concerns, but per him:"Even with his injuries, he struck out 93 batters in 73 1/3 innings with a 1.47 ERA. In the Cape Cod League, his fastball hit 98 miles per hour."

  16. pwilly - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Tomorrow night's forecast doesn't look any better than tonight. If Friday's game is postponed they could either play 2 on Saturday or make it up on Monday since both teams are off.

  17. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    The rain was supposed to stop by game time tomorrow. It could go late into the afternoon, but we should be okay. Unless the forecast has changed.

  18. Doc - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Thanks to the baseball gods for the rain. We can avoid the NL's worst offense and almost worst pitching from beating us 10-1 again!!!

  19. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    That is what I read, David. My guess is they really try to get it in tomorrow night. Not exactly a hurricane- 2 inches of rain is doable. They really can't mess with the Saturday 4 pm game because of the concert. Sunday would be tough to change. Both teams really off on Monday? Wonder where the twins are going. Drew and Tyler had lunch at an elementary school today- it was a charity auction thing. The kids look ecstatic in the picture. I love how the guys have become such a big part of this large and diverse community. By the way– Mrs. LaRoche is hosting an event Sunday- you bring new and gently used baseball equipment for Little League teams with no resources.

  20. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:50 AM

    Another rain out tommorrow would be perfect for reset.

  21. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    The Twins are going home. They would have to approve a day-night double header on Sunday (per the CBA), but a traditional double-header would work. I doubt they could play on Monday, it might run up against the 20 game limitation.

  22. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Milwaukee is horrible.

  23. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    And we have to go to Coors. Ugh. It does not get easier.

  24. natsfan1a - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:03 AM

    Thanks for the report, Drew. Looking forward to seeing Coors Field for the first time next week, with my husband and Chicago-now-Denver baseball buddy.

  25. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    swami @ 9:04 wonders what exactly the Nats rotation is these days. What about:– Gio and Jordan and hope it keeps pourin' ?or– Gonzalez and Zimmerman and hope for a hurrican' ?

  26. Dave - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:12 AM

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  27. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    I plan to go. Only one student scheduled. Usually I would go over in the morning to buy my ticket, but I may wait to see.How does Gibson leave Ian Kennedy in to give up 8 runs? Daniel Descalso doubles (9) on a fly ball to right fielder Gerardo Parra.2. Jon Jay singles on a line drive to right fielder Gerardo Parra. Daniel Descalso scores.3. Shelby Miller strikes out on a foul bunt.4. Matt Carpenter singles on a fly ball to left fielder Jason Kubel. Jon Jay to 2nd.5. Yadier Molina grounds out softly, pitcher Ian Kennedy to shortstop Didi Gregorius to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Jon Jay to 3rd. Matt Carpenter to 2nd.6. Matt Holliday walks.Coaching visit to mound.7. Allen Craig singles on a sharp line drive to center fielder A. J. Pollock. Jon Jay scores. Matt Carpenter scores. Matt Holliday to 3rd.8. Matt Adams homers (4) on a fly ball to right field. Matt Holliday scores. Allen Craig scores.9. David Freese walks.10. Daniel Descalso homers (3) on a fly ball to right field. David Freese scores.11. Jon Jay strikes out swinging.

  28. Dave - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Weather Channel app says DC has an 80% chance of rain at 7:00 PM tomorrow, 70% at 10:00. I'm going, but I'm not counting on seeing a game.

  29. Caps Fan - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    "NatsJack in Florida said… Another rain out tommorrow would be perfect for reset."Since they would have to make up the game with a doubleheader on Sunday, it doesn't reset anything. And it could cause problems down the road. With no rainout, you have Gio Friday, Karns Saturday and Zimmerman Sunday. But if it rains you likely have Gio on Saturday and then Karns and Zimmermann on Sunday. Monday is an off day and Haren pitches Tuesday. But then who pitches Wednesday? Gio can if he pitches Friday, but he's on short rest if his Friday start gets postponed to Saturday.

  30. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    The Nationals are still 35 picks away from drafting. It's gonna be like 2 am at this rate.

  31. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    If Det pitches 40-50 in Potomac on Saturday can't he pitch on Wednesday (she says, hopefully)?

  32. Caps Fan - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    If they have a doubleheader and use the 26th man to call up Ohlendorf to pitch one of the games, it still doesn't reset anything. Just pushes everyone back a day, which guys like Gio and Zimmermann may not need.

  33. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    I am just hoping he can find the strike zone and feels well the next day. No more setbacks!!!!

  34. Caps Fan - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Split doubleheader with the Mets on Friday 7/26. Makeup game @ 1:35 pm, regular game at 7:05 pm.

  35. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    So we should be good to go be then, right??

  36. Don - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    Harper to Dr. Andrews?? For a knee contusion? what the what?

  37. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Don, yeah. I been worried since Harper said a few days ago he might not be ready to come back on schedule. Kid wants to play, and if he said that, it's more serious than they were letting on.

  38. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Apparently he was doing some under water exercising and it swelled up again. They are puzzled and want another opinion. Good plan I think.

  39. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Caps Fan/FeelWood….you just love to argue, don't you?

  40. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    Did we pick yet? I will check in the morning.

  41. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    Our pick is coming up in about 10 minutes.

  42. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    swami, no. They are only on No. 59. Going very slow.

  43. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    Nats coming up next!

  44. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:43 AM

    Adam Kilgore ‏@AdamKilgoreWP 41sNats take right-hander Jacob Johansen. Throws 99, per MLB Network.

  45. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    JakeJohansen | RHPDallas BaptistDOB: 01/23/1991Is this the guy we wanted?

  46. CN - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:44 AM

    Kid only has the fastball, according to the MLB tv crew

  47. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    He's not a starter. He's a bullpen arm.

  48. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    Nathan Rode ‏@NathanRode 1m#Nationals first pick is RHP Jake Johansen. Triple digits but can't throw strikes. Reliever. Bit of a head scratcher here. #mlbdraftOh so we resigned Henry Rodriguez…

  49. CN - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:46 AM

    College sr, have to wonder if they go for a riskier player later that they can sign well above slot

  50. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    That would be in line with what Rizzo loves to do, CN.

  51. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    Comack: "ESPN's Keith Law had Johansen as No. 66-ranked talent in his Top 100."Sounds like he went about where expected.

  52. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    Baseball America has Johansen rated the No. 182 overall prospectDefinitely think Rizzo has something planned later.

  53. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    That's quite a difference in evaluation 66 vs. 182.

  54. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    He's a high upside guy. Can't teach 99mph and all that. Has some risk attached.

  55. David Proctor - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    Interestng, the Nats view him as a starter.

  56. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Wow, baserunning error by Schafer, double play! LOL

  57. NatsLady - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:35 AM

    Puig with a grand slam in the bottom of the 8th for LA.

  58. Scooter - Jun 7, 2013 at 4:59 AM

    Y'all probably saw the new post, about the pick.

  59. Rabbit34 - Jun 7, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Drew….about the beer and Padres and Coors field, when I looked a little closer at your sentence….Haha, nice wit!





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