The Potomac Nationals were rained out for the second straight day Thursday, washing away a doubleheader after heavy rains Wednesday night made the field conditions unplayable and they were deemed unsafe an entire day later as well.
The field conditions in Potomac have been an issue on several occasions this season and it was widely speculated that top prospect Bryce Harper was promoted directly to Double-A Harrisburg for that reason. That speculation was shot down by Nationals GM Mike Rizzo but he did admit Thursday night in a statement that the field conditions are currently unsafe.
“The Washington Nationals would never consider asking our players, or those of our opponents, to play on a field that we believe represents a safety threat,” Rizzo said. “The Nationals have repeatedly requested that dangerous field conditions be addressed under the supervision of Major League Baseball.
“Recent unsupervised work has resulted in a field that is even more dangerous. We regret any inconvenience this may cause to fans of the Potomac Nationals, but we know they join us in wanting only the best for our players.”
According to an MLB.com report, representatives from both the Nationals and Cleveland weren’t satisfied that an area of newly sodded outfield was safe for the players and postponed Thursday’s games. The teams hoped to be able to play Friday night at Pftizner Stadium.