The Marlins and Nationals were washed out Tuesday night at Nationals Park and the game will be made up as part of a day-night double header Sept. 26 when the teams meet in the final weekend series of the regular season.
“Not ideal for sure,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. “An ideal situation for us is to play. Nobody likes to play doubleheaders late in the season. The only good thing is you have more players. But if you’re in the race or have a chance, nobody wants to be playing doubleheaders that late.”
The Nationals (25-26) certainly do. With third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, outfielder Bryce Harper and pitcher Gio Gonzalez on the disabled list, it only makes sense for them to push a makeup game to later in the year when those players could be back.
Although both teams have a day off Thursday and Wednesday’s game is scheduled for a 7:05 start, Redmond said no thought was given to playing a doubleheader Wednesday or Thursday.
With stormy weather expected to hit the nation’s capital again Wednesday, there’s a chance the teams could be washed out again. All that would mean is the Marlins and Nationals would play two doubleheaders and five games over a three-day stretch in late September, Redmond said.
“I’ve had that before,” Redmond said. “In 1998, we finished the season against the Phillies in a doubleheader the last two games of the season because of the hurricane.”
The Marlins have adjusted their starting rotation for the rest of this week. Tuesday night starter Henderson Alvarez will now pitch Wednesday against the Nationals’ Jordan Zimmerman, who was originally scheduled to face Tom Koehler.
After Thursday’s day off, Koehler will start Friday when the Marlins return home to face the Braves. Jacob Turner will pitch Saturday, and Nathan Eovaldi, who beat the Nationals on Tuesday, will pitch Sunday instead of veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, whose next start will be made either Monday or Tuesday against the Rays.
CAPPS HEADS TO DL
On a day when Jose Fernandez was back in Los Angeles having his cast and stitches removed following Tommy John surgery, another hard-throwing Marlins pitcher — right-handed reliever Carter Capps — was placed on the disabled list with a sprained right elbow.
Although Fernandez also was listed as having a right-elbow sprain before having season-ending surgery a week later, Redmond said Tuesday that surgery isn’t in the plans for Capps.
“I think we feel like right now it’s something that can be treated with rest,” Redmond said. “He’s going to go four weeks without throwing or picking up a ball.’’
Redmond said Capps experienced tenderness in his elbow after his last appearance Sunday against the Brewers. Arquimedes Caminero was recalled from Triple A New Orleans to replace Capps in the bullpen.
Acquired in the Logan Morrison trade with Seattle in December, Capps made nine relief appearances after being called up on April 23 from New Orleans. He had a 3.00 ERA over 12 innings. A hard thrower, Capps’ average fastball velocity was 97.7 mph, according to Fangraphs.com. That’s second to only the Reds’ Aroldis Chapman (100.1 mph).
Outside of closer Steve Cishek, the back end of the bullpen has been a bit of a headache for Redmond.
After Chad Qualls (two years, $6 million to Astros) and Ryan Webb (two years, $4.5 million) left via free agency in December, the team spent $1.25 million to sign reliever Carlos Marmol and traded for Capps. Marmol was released on May 19 after going 0-3 with an 8.10 ERA and 10 walks in 13 innings.
Now Caminero will get his second crack this season at a bullpen spot.
“We have young guys who are still establishing roles at the big-league level,” Redmond said. “But we feel like we’ve got quality arms to be able to get to that point where maybe in the next year or so we say [ Mike Dunn] this is your inning. Or, AJ [ Ramos] this is your inning, go get them. The [Nationals] kind of have that luxury. Right now we’re still piecing it together.’’Rafael Furcal
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