A major thunderstorm that swept through the Washington area forced the postponement of Tuesday night's game between the Nationals and Marlins, which will not be made up for some time, perhaps not until the final weekend of the season.
Rain began falling at Nationals Park shortly after 6 p.m. and became intense just before the scheduled 7:05 p.m. first pitch. The game was called off a few minutes later.
Rookie Blake Treinen was due to make his third career start, facing the Marlins' Henderson Alvarez. Nationals manager Matt Williams, though, said Jordan Zimmermann will start Wednesday as originally scheduled, with Treinen moving to the bullpen for a couple of days before re-assuming his place in the rotation next week after everyone else pitches on turn.
"Jordan is on normal rest," Williams said. "And to push everybody back ... we had to do that with some off-days earlier in the month, but we'd like to keep them on normal rest. And Blake, getting his feet wet here, he's got experience in the bullpen, so we can do that for the next couple of days until his turn comes up again."
The Marlins, on the other hand, will push all of their starters back, with Alvarez now starting Wednesday against the Nationals and Tom Koehler bumped to Friday against the Braves.
Presented with the option of a doubleheader Wednesday or a game Thursday — both teams are scheduled to be off — the clubs have decided to wait until later this season to make this one up.
"We're looking at dates now, but it's not going to happen in this series," Williams said. "They come in again later in the year, so it's not going to happen either tomorrow, (with a) doubleheader, or Thursday, the off-day. We'll look to push that."
Miami manager Mike Redmond told reporters he expects to play a doubleheader on Friday, Sept. 26. That would fall during the Marlins' only remaining scheduled trip to D.C. for the final series of the regular season, creating a potentially huge four-games-in-three-days stretch if either team remains in the pennant race.
Given their current injury woes — Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper and Gio Gonzalez all are on the disabled list — the Nationals understandably would want to hold off on a makeup game until their star players are healthy.