Dodgers-Pirates rained out
PITTSBURGH -- The Los Angeles Dodgers' game with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night was rained out after a two-hour, 22-minute delay with the Dodgers leading 1-0 after two innings. The makeup date has yet to be set and is tricky because the Dodgers have no remaining games scheduled at PNC Park this season.
Meanwhile, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he planned to talk with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt on the charter flight back to Los Angeles about what to do next with Jon Garland, who pitched two hitless innings before the rain came. Clayton Kershaw, who is scheduled to start Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium, took a commercial flight back earlier in the day to be well-rested, so he will pitch as scheduled, but it wasn't immediately clear when Garland would pitch again.
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Garland said he preferred not to wait another five days, which would slot him Tuesday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.
"I would rather not, but I will go with the flow," said Garland, who also had his RBI single in the top of the second inning washed from the record book by the rain. "Whatever they do is fine, because [changing the rotation] just messes it up. Is it better to keep everybody else on schedule?"
Garland said he would be comfortable coming back as soon as Sunday against the Diamondbacks if Mattingly and Honeycutt want to bring him back quick.
The most likely date for the makeup game is July 14, which would cut into both clubs' All-Star break, but some teams are scheduled to begin the second half that day anyway. It was only due to the luck of the scheduling draw that neither the Dodgers nor the Pirates have a game scheduled that day.
"That makes the most sense, honestly, I think for both clubs," Mattingly said. "Most of our [other mutual] off days are when we're at home or flying back the next day."
One option is Sept. 1, when the Dodgers are scheduled to fly east for a series with the Atlanta Braves, but that would mean the Dodgers would play on 24 consecutive days -- any stretch of more than 20 days has to be approved by the players -- and 33 of 34 days at a point in the season when they theoretically could be fighting for a playoff spot.
The only other option would be an if-necessary game on Sept. 29, the day after the end of the regular season, but Mattingly said he wanted to avoid that scenario.
Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.