Washington Nationals players had to be in the clubhouse by 3 p.m. Wednesday, two hours before their suspended game against the New York Yankees was due to resume in the sixth inning and four hours before the teams’ regularly scheduled game was due to begin.
At 3 p.m., rain was still falling on Nationals Park. The Skittles tarp covered the field and seemed in no immediate danger of abandoning those duties. In other words, the weather did not seem likely to cooperate with either scheduled start time.
All the same, the Nationals summoned Austin Voth from Class AAA Syracuse to serve as their 26th man for the second game. MLB rules permit both teams an extra man, but only in the regularly scheduled game. He will not be available in the conclusion of the suspended game. Voth was called up for depth earlier this season but never appeared in a game. Barring injury, he will have to be returned to Syracuse after these games, too. The 25-year-old has yet to make his major league debut.
Nationals Manager Dave Martinez said he and his staff have discussed a wide range of scenarios about how to handle pitching Wednesday, one of which includes Voth starting the second game to avoid burning Max Scherzer in a rain-truncated game. As of 90 minutes before the suspended game was set to resume, rain was still pummeling Nationals Park. The Nationals might not have to use any pitchers at all.
If play does resume, it will do so with Bryce Harper leading off the bottom of the sixth against whichever hurler the Yankees choose.