Gio Gonzalez walked through the Washington Nationals' clubhouse Sunday morning disappointed. Instead of his crisp white home uniform, he threw on shorts and a workout shirt, laced up his cleats and grabbed his glove.
As rain pounded the D.C. area, washing away the team’s series and homestand finale with the Miami Marlins, their projected starter took to the outfield to get his throwing in.
The rainout gave the Nationals their first series sweep of the season. Having won the first two games against the Marlins, the Nationals wrapped up an 8-2 homestand with their fifth straight series victory.
With an off day Monday, the postponement came at a good time for the Nationals, who had played 14 straight days before Sunday’s rainout.
There was no makeup date announced, but the Marlins return to Nationals Park for weekend series Aug. 3-5 and Sept. 7-9.
The Nationals head to San Diego, where they’ll keep their pitching on-turn and start Gonzalez on Tuesday. He’ll face left-hander Clayton Richard. Jordan Zimmermann will pitch Wednesday against righty Joe Wieland, and Edwin Jackson will work the finale against Edinson Volquez.
The rainout means all five of the Nationals’ starters will get six days of rest, instead of the usual four, before their next start. It also means that Stephen Strasburg and NL Cy Young winner Clayton Kerhsaw will not faceoff Friday night in Los Angeles.
Zimmerman likely to play Tuesday
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said that the right shoulder inflammation that caused him to be a late scratch Saturday “felt a lot better” Sunday morning. With the game against the Marlins rained out, Zimmerman will have three straight days to rest the shoulder while just missing one game. He saw no reason he wouldn’t be in the starting lineup Tuesday night in San Diego.
“I was going to take today off anyway,” Zimmerman said. “So essentially, instead of having today off, I just had yesterday, and I won’t miss any games besides that one. It’s very convenient.”
Zimmerman felt he aggravated the shoulder with some of the diving plays he’s made – of which there’ve been several – but doesn’t plan to change his game. Outside of the Nationals’ home opener, after which Zimmerman lambasted his defensive performance, the third baseman has made numerous highlight-reel plays.
“I’ve had a chance to dive for so many balls,” he said. “The fourth-and-goal pylon dive into home plate [last Monday night] probably didn’t help. But you can’t tell any of these guys in here not to play. It’s just the way we’ve always been taught to play, and no matter how many times I get hurt, that’s the way I’m going to play. It’s just one of those things.”
Strasburg not being held to save inningsView Entire Story
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.
By Rand Paul
Obama acts as though we no longer have a Constitution
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
News and reviews of notable museums, and exhibits, and art events.
Nobody likes to talk about dying quite as much as life insurance expert Liran Hirshkorn.
The stories of damaged Mac Books that had liquid spilled on them and how they were brought back to life by the Mac Experts at LiquidSpill.com
Viewing and reviewing the Los Angeles experimental and classic punk scene with a nod to Rodney's English Disco
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall
NRA kicks off annual convention
California wildfires wreak havoc