Just a few notes from rain-soaked Nationals Park today:
With the doubleheader on Sunday, the Nationals pitching rotation stays on turn with Jason Marquis (Saturday’s starter) going in the first game and Livan Hernandez (Sunday’s starter) going in the second. That leaves the rest of their rotation on regular rest with John Lannan set to start Tuesday in St. Louis.
Despite the pouring rain Saturday morning, Lannan was out in the outfield getting in some long toss and then did his regular work in the bullpen to remain ready for Tuesday.
– There is no update on the status of injured third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who is nursing an abdominal strain. Zimmerman, who aggravated the strain last Sunday in New York, had said that he’d refrain from doing anything strenuous for a few days before he felt well enough to begin strengthening the area.
But the Nationals have no intention of asking Zimmerman where he’s at until he comes to them and tells them he feels ready to progress.
“I’m not even talking about it with Zim,” said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. “I don’t want any of us to keep asking and make him feel that we’re pushing him to get back. I want him to get back on his timetable. I think at spring training we thought a week or 10 days was going to do it but obviously it wasn’t enough.”
– The forecast for Sunday is sunny with a temperature in the high 60s so the Nationals and Brewers should have no problem getting both games of the doubleheader in. As a reminder, tickets for Saturday’s game can be exchanged at the box office and will be honored for both games of Sunday’s doubleheader. Saturday’s tickets can also be exchanged for any other game this season. Tickets for Sunday’s regularly scheduled 1:35 p.m. game will be honored for both games of the doubleheader.