The weather — wind-whipped rain with more on the way — is not cooperating with Stephen Strasburg’s return to Nationals Park.
If tonight’s game with the Dodgers is rained out, Nationals manager Davey Johnson expects to play a day-night doubleheader on Wednesday. Strasburg would start the 1 p.m. game. The doubleheader, of course, would need approval from the Dodgers’ players’ union representative.
Johnson is hesitant to use Strasburg under less-than-ideal conditions, not wanting to pull the rehabbing right-hander after, say, his, the first inning. If tonight’s game (or the first game of a potential Wednesday doubleheader) starts with drizzle, rookie Brad Peacock will take the mound instead of Strasburg.
“I don’t care if it’s sold out or whatever,” Johnson said. “I want to do what’s best for the player.”
Johnson spoke with head groundskeeper John Turnour earlier today. After looking at three forecasts, the groundskeeper told Johnson there wasn’t much of a window to get in tonight’s game.
Weather.com’s forecast predicted a 85 percent or better chance of rain from 7 p.m. through midnight.
If and when the weather clears, Johnson wants Strasburg to go four innings and throw around 60 pitches. And another if — if Strasbrug starts, Peacock is expected to follow him to the mound and make his major league debut.