Nationals-Rockies game postponed; day-night doubleheader set for Sunday

At approximately 4:30 p.m., about two and a half hours before first pitch, word came that the Washington Nationals’ series opener with the Colorado Rockies was postponed. Given that the Rockies are not scheduled to return to D.C. this season, the game has to be made up this weekend and has been slated for Sunday at 7:05 p.m. as part of a day-night doubleheader.

The timing of Friday’s decision could not have been more different from the timing of the Nationals’ last rain delay decision — a much-criticized move earlier this month when a game was called three hours after the scheduled first pitch following only a passing drizzle. Because of the schedule concerns, the Commissioner’s office made the decision with the help of Nationals staff. Ultimately, the decision fell to the league, which made it in accordance with a bleak forecast that called for five inches of rain in some places. Flash flood warnings blared over Dusty Baker’s pregame media session.

That forecast also calls for rain Saturday, though it could relent by 7:05 p.m. start. Assuming the schedule stays as is, the Nationals will keep their rotation on turn. Tanner Roark will pitch Saturday. Rookie Erick Fedde will have to wait to make his major league debut, as he will pitch one of the Sunday games. Edwin Jackson is scheduled to pitch the other.

Because of the doubleheader, the Nationals will be allowed to add a 26th man to their roster Sunday, likely to be a pitcher given the uncertainty of Fedde and the up-and-down start to Jackson’s brief Nationals career. Jackson allowed seven runs in five innings in his previous start, but two in seven innings in his first. Fedde threw five innings in his past start in Syracuse, which came on July 19. By the time he starts, Fedde will have waited 10 days, so he should be rested. But the Nationals moved…

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