The Washington Times - April 10, 2009, 10:18PM

Good news for those of you who enjoy staying up late to watch baseball: The tarp is off the field and we’re set to resume at 10:40 p.m.

The rain came in droves for a while there, with several peroids of hail and one point where I honestly couldn’t see the outfield fence from my press box seat because it was coming down so hard. The field looks like it’s in good shape, though. Given the lengthy delay — it will wind up about 2 hours long — I doubt either starting pitcher will return.


Meanwhile, the Nats have signed veteran left-hander Ron Villone to a minor-league contract, giving the organization some pitching depth should Mike Hinckley and Wil Ledezma struggle in the big-league bullpen.

Villone, 39, has a 56-59 record and 4.75 ERA in 654 career games with 11 different clubs, most recently the Cardinals. He’ll report to Class AAA Syracuse and join a pitching staff that doesn’t currently have a left-hander on the roster.