Tonight’s Nationals-Dodgers game postponed; doubleheader Wednesday

September 18, 2012

(Paul J. Bereswill / AP)

Due to the inclement weather, Tuesday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers is postponed until Wednesday. The teams will play a single-admission doubleheader, the first game scheduled for 4:05 p.m. and the second to follow 30 minutes after the end of the first or at 7:05 p.m., whichever is later.

Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said Tuesday’s starter Jordan Zimmermann (10-8, 3.01) is scheduled to take the mound in the afternoon game and regularly-scheduled Wednesday starter John Lannan (3-0, 2.41 ERA) will pitch the night game.

Because no more off day remain over the final two weeks of the season, Johnson will use a starter for Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers to keep the starting rotation on regular rest. Johnson said left-handed starter Zach Duke, right-handed starter Chien-Ming Wang or long reliever Craig Stammen, a former starter, are candidates to start Sunday.

The Brewers are a right-handed heavy lineup and Wang and Stammen seem like more likely options. Wang, whose season was derailed by injury and ineffectiveness, last started a game for the Nationals on June 19. Stammen, who has had 10 appearances longer than two innings this season, last started a game in 2010. Zimmermann would be next scheduled to pitch on Sunday but on only three days rest.

“I just don’t want any of my good, young pitchers to [come back] on short rest at this point,” Johnson said. “And I don’t think [Zimmermann] has done it and he’s had a little bit of that [shoulder] inflammation there. I think he could do it, and have no problem, but it’s not something I’d like to do to any of those in the rotation, at this point.”

Then, Johnson quipped: “I’m sure [Stephen Strasburg] would volunteer. He is right-handed. He has been chompin’.”

The team announced that all tickets to Tuesday’s game must be exchanged at the Nationals Park box office for Wednesday’s doubleheader or for a later game, excluding Sept. 22 or a potential regular season tiebreaker game at home. Tickets to Wednesday night’s game will allow entry into both games of the doubleheader.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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