When the Nationals and Dodgers saw the second game of their doubleheader — and final game of their series — cancelled Thursday night, it shook up the Nationals pitching rotation a bit.
Everything will remain as planned for the Nationals’ weekend series against the Houston Astros, with left-hander Tom Milone pitching Friday night against Houston’s right-hander Bud Norris, lefty John Lannan going Saturday against left-hander Wandy Rodriguez, and right-hander Stephen Strasburg pitching Sunday afternoon against right-hander Henry Sosa.
Strasburg will be making his second major league start of the season after making his re-debut Tuesday night in his first start back from Tommy John surgery. He is expected to be allowed to throw between 70 and 80 pitches on Sunday, up from the 60 that he was limited to on Tuesday night.
Of course, this means that left-hander Ross Detwiler, Thursday’s scheduled starter, will be skipped this turn through the rotation. Detwiler and manager Davey Johnson were unavailable for comment following the Nationals’ rainout so the explanation for the move will have to wait until Friday.
– The Nationals major league team is not the only one dealing with the rain as they attempt to play. The Single-A Potomac Nationals saw their Carolina League playoff game cut short on Wednesday night in Frederick, Md., and the Double-A Harrisburg Senators had to have their series transferred to their opponent’s home field in Richmond, Va.
Things were worse in Harrisburg as severe flooding rampaged the area and Metro Bank Park, which is on an island in the middle of the Susquehanna River, was completely flooded.
The words do not do justice just how breathtaking the devastation, so please check out this photo, courtesy of Harrisburg infielder Tim Pahuta.
“It’s unfortunate that the flooding situation happened there,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. “I saw a picture of the stadium and it’s certainly unplayable. It looks like it’s going to be unplayable for a long, long time. They’re going to have to strap it on in a foreign ballpark for the series but we’re confident in the guys that we’ll take it to another level and hopefully they can win a series.”