MINNEAPOLIS — What's worse than playing 16 baseball games in 16 days? How about 16 games in 15 days?
That's the challenge facing the Dodgers after Tuesday's game in Minnesota was postponed by rain and cold. It is scheduled to be made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, after which the team will fly to Miami to begin a three-game series with the
All those plans depend on the weather, of course. And in Minneapolis in April, that's not a good thing to depend on. Forecasts for Wednesday and Thursday call for near-freezing temperatures and a mix of snow and rain.
The Dodgers say they will start
Since the Dodgers won't use Greinke on short rest, they are likely to reach down to triple-A Albuquerque for reinforcements, possibly to former first-round draft pick Zach Lee. However, that would require another move since Lee would have to be added to the 40-man roster.
The Dodgers would benefit in the short term if at least one more game in Minnesota is rained out, because they could stay with their current starting rotation. But that would complicate things down the road because the Dodgers would have to make a trip to Minneapolis for any makeup game.
The best date for that might be May 19, one of three scheduled days off the
Either way, it's not good news for a sagging bullpen that entered Tuesday having thrown more innings than all but one team in the majors. And no reliever has appeared in more games than Dodgers closer
The Dodgers made a move Tuesday to bolster their bullpen, recalling left-hander Paco Rodriguez from Albuquerque and sending down infielder
Tuesday's rainout, which was announced more than six hours before game time, was the third weather-related postponement at
Previously, the Twins played their home games indoors at the Metrodome.
The Dodgers' pitching staff could receive a boost soon if Clayton Kershaw's rehabilitation start Wednesday for double-A Chattanooga goes well.
Kershaw, who is recovering from a strained muscle in his upper back, hasn't pitched for the Dodgers since their season opener in Australia last month. But he could return to the rotation as early as Monday if he emerges pain-free from Wednesday's game.