Rainout, doubleheader create issues


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.

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.