Rainout, doubleheader create issues

April, 29, 2014
Apr 29
The Dodgers’ game in Minnesota on Tuesday night has been postponed by rain and snow, which means Kenley Jansen -- the major-league leader in appearances -- gets another day off for his overtaxed right arm. Otherwise, it’s far from good news for the Dodgers, who now have to play 15 games over the next 14 days.

Kenley Jansen
Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY SportsKenley Jansen-- the major-league leader in appearances -- gets another day off, but that's about the only good news.
Tuesday’s game has been rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader Thursday, with the second game starting at 6:10 p.m. CT, ahead of an overnight flight to Miami, where the Dodgers play a Friday evening game against the Marlins.

Worse, there is a 70 percent chance of precipitation (snow and rain) for both Wednesday and Thursday.

In other words, it’s a good time to re-insert ace Clayton Kershaw, who was second to Adam Wainwright in innings last season, back into the rotation. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, even after his second rehab start Wednesday night at Double-A Chattanooga, Kershaw probably won’t be allowed to throw more than about 90 pitches when he returns to the Dodgers next week in Washington.

According to MLB.com, Zack Greinke now will pitch Wednesday, with Dan Haren and Josh Beckett pitching the doubleheader games. This would be a good time for those guys to pitch deeper into games or for the offense to break out and give an overworked bullpen a break.

Mark Saxon

Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.



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Clayton Kershaw
21 1.77 239 198
BAY. Puig .296
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239