Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The forecast tonight at Nationals Park is not promising.
Well, no rainout would be nice. Unfortunately, tonight's forecast is not promising at all. The tarp has been covering the infield all afternoon, even though to this point there have only been some light sprinkles. The heavy stuff, though, is due to hit right around gametime and last well into the evening.
That wouldn't seem to bode well for this game being played, but we'll have to wait and see what the Nationals decide to do. Remember, the home team (consulting with the visitors and MLB) has control of these things up until lineup cards are exchanged. After that, the umpires call the shots.
[UPDATE AT 3:40 P.M. -- It's official now: Michael Morse has been activated off the DL and will hit cleanup tonight. Corey Brown has been optioned back to Class AAA Syracuse.]
Stay tuned for updates...
ATLANTA BRAVES at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: WJFK (106.7 FM), WFED (1500 AM), XM 183
Weather: Strong storms, 77 degrees, Wind 15 mph RF to LF
2B Danny Espinosa
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Michael Morse
1B Adam LaRoche
SS Ian Desmond
LF Xavier Nady
C Jesus Flores
RHP Stephen Strasburg
CF Michael Bourn
3B Martin Prado
C Brian McCann
2B Dan Uggla
1B Freddie Freeman
RF Jason Heyward
SS Andrelton Simmons
LHP Mike Minor
LF Jose Constanza
HP Derryl Cousins (cc), 1B Ron Kulpa, 2B D.J. Reyburn, 3B Jim Wolf
5:10 p.m. -- OK, your first official weather update of the day: It's raining. Hard. Really hard. Check the photo posted above. From the press box, you can't see any buildings outside the ballpark property, and you can barely see the parking garage in left field. But for the moment, the Nats say tonight's game is still on.
5:15 p.m. -- Regarding tonight's lineup ... the reason Steve Lombardozzi isn't in there is because left-hander Mike Minor is starting for the Braves. When a right-hander starts (like Brandon Beachy tomorrow), Lombardozzi will lead off and play left field. Also, the Nats are keeping three catchers for now until they're sure Jesus Flores' hamstring is 100 percent healthy. Carlos Maldonado is also dealing with a bit of a back issue. So they'll keep three for now; that will probably change in a few days.
6:05 p.m. -- I wish I could make this stuff up: There are currently 500 trombone players standing along the outfield warning track here, trying to set some kind of record. It's not raining, and as of this moment, the game is still on.
6:22 p.m. -- Congratulations to the tromboners, who successfully set whatever record it was they were trying to set. And also managed not to get struck by lightning. As for the game ... well, they still haven't said anything. The Clint pregame show has begun. There are perhaps a couple hundred people actually here.
6:30 p.m. -- And now the tarp is being pulled off the infield, though I think they're just dumping the excess water. The stadium lights also have not yet been turned on.
6:40 p.m. -- And there's the official announcement: Tonight's game has been postponed. Details to come.