The Nationals have had three rainouts in six days, and this season, they have played no baseball on seven of 23 days since March 31, opening day. As the decision rippled through the Nationals clubhouse and players learned an off day had vanished, more than one expletive could be heard.
“The whole last week in general has been a tough situation with the weather,” said reliever Drew Storen, the Nationals player representative. “There’s really not a whole lot you can do. It’s going to be less than ideal, but the weather is kind of out of our control.”
The Nationals will keep their rotation in order, with Livan Hernandez, Jason Marquis and John Lannan pitching tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. The extra day of rest means Lannan will pitch on normal rest, not three-days rest as previously scheduled.
The Nationals, with a six-day road trip having already become a seven-day roadie, are not out of the woods yet with the weather. Rain is in the forecast in Pittsburgh the rest of the weekend, and Manager Jim Riggleman said there could be yet another doubleheader Sunday or Monday.