SAN DIEGO – Friday night, the Dodgers and Padres made a little bit of San Diego history by playing the longest nine-inning home game in San Diego history.
Sunday, they made a little bit of history by not playing. The series finale between the two NL West rivals was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Sept. 2 at Petco Park.
The rainout is only the third in the 14-year history of Petco Park. The decision was made more than two hours before the scheduled game time with rain in the forecast throughout the day.
Despite advance warnings Saturday about the pessimist weather forecast, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said a decision had not been made yet on what the Dodgers will do with their starting pitching plans. Right-hander Brandon McCarthy was scheduled to start Sunday.
“We could go with Brandon Monday (at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates) and push everybody back or skip Brandon and go with Alex (Wood),” Roberts said. “On one side, you keep everybody on their turn when they’ve already gotten an extra day. On the other, the way B-Mac is throwing you want to get him out there.
“You can kind of argue both ways. We’re going to talk it through and make a decision later today.”
McCarthy had already been pushed back so that Clayton Kershaw could start Saturday and not miss his start or get extended rest. Ostensibly, McCarthy suffered a minor injury to his left shoulder in a “weight room incident” earlier this week. But Roberts said that won’t be an overriding factor in Monday’s decision.
“Obviously if it’s too much of a concern, he wouldn’t be slated for today,” he said. “He’s sore but pitchable.”
The rainout could exacerbate an upcoming logjam in the Dodgers’ rotation. Roberts has said left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will be ready to come off the DL and pitch sometime later this week. Left-hander Rich Hill is scheduled to make a second rehab start on Tuesday and could be ready to rejoin the rotation after that.
“It could (get crowded),” Roberts said. “But we’ve dealt with it before.”
The day off does buy some time for outfielder Franklin Gutierrez who left Saturday’s game with an injury. Originally called “hip tightness,” Roberts referred to it as hamstring tightness on Sunday. Gutierrez already spent three weeks on the DL with a hamstring injury.
“I don’t see it as a DL situation,” Roberts said. “But today is probably a blessing for him.”
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