The Washington Times - May 3, 2009, 02:38PM

It’s about an hour since the first pitch was supposed to be thrown here at Nationals Park and we’re still not playing baseball.

The tarp has been taken off and put back on the infield twice now. It’s currently on as another rain cell is passing over the ballpark. Team president Stan Kasten said there is hope that things will clear up in about 30 minutes. But if it continues to rain after this cell passes through, they’ll postpone the game.


“We always try to play every game,” Kasten said. “But you can’t play if you can’t play.”

Kasten admitted the makeup date possibilities are “ugly.” Certainly, if this game is postponed, there won’t be an immediate makeup announcement.

Oh, if this game does at any point start, the Cardinals will have a new starting pitcher. Not wanting to subject Kyle Lohse to this weather, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa decided to go instead with reliever Kyle McClellan. The Nationals are still planning to go with John Lannan.